Coyle Disappointed With Point

  • September 27, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Speaking after Bolton's 2-2 draw with Manchester United, Owen Coyle admitted he was somewhat disappointed not to have claimed all three points.

Wanderers led twice at the Reebok Stadium thanks to goals from Zat Knight and Martin Petrov, but were pegged back on both occasions by equalisers from Nani and Michael Owen.

Coyle admits he would have settled for a point prior to the game, but felt his side merited all three after their impressive performance against the title chasers.

"I had a good feeling before kick-off because I believe in this group of players," Coyle told the club's official website.

"I've said before that we are very much a work in progress but piece by piece we are getting there, and that was evident today.

"First and foremost I was delighted with the level of performance. If you told me that we would get a point before the game then I would have been thrilled, but the disappointment is that we led twice in the game.

"I was delighted with how we started the game and, if the truth be told, we were positive throughout the whole duration of the match.

"I think it was such an open game because we knew that Manchester United would come here to attack, but we were prepared to do the same.

"We took the game to a world-class side, accepting that with the quality they have then we would have to work our socks off and defend well.

"But we were always a threat - we scored two very good goals and could have had a few more. After they equalised on both occasions, we didn't feel sorry for ourselves and went again.

"What we did show today was that we can get the ball down and play - the second goal summed that up. It was a free-flowing move, similar to the goal we scored at Aston Villa last week.

"There is a lot to be pleased about and I was just delighted with the whole game, including the fantastic support that we had.

"I spoke before the match about our desire to make the Reebok a fortress and a difficult place for teams to come to, and I thought our fans played their part massively today."

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