Coyle Delighted To Progress

  • February 16, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle admitted he was delighted with his Bolton team after their 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday.

Ivan Klasnic scored the only goal of the game on 66 minutes to set up a fifth round date with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

After the game, Coyle believed his team deserved to win the tie and Klasnic's strike should not have been the only goal Wanderers claimed on the night.

"I thought we were terrific from start to finish," Coyle told the club's official website.

"We created numerous goalscoring opportunities and if the truth be told we could have won by more than the one goal that we scored.

"Mike Pollitt has pulled off a number of tremendous saves in the Wigan goal but we kept persevering and ultimately got the goal we deserved.

"We know that Ivan Klasnic is the kind of player who is always going to get goals. He could have had three or four tonight but the one he did get he took it wonderfully well.

"That is the mark of a top class finisher who always poses a threat regardless of who we are playing. He has had a bit of a stop-start season due to injury, but tonight we saw the quality he possesses.

"All in all it's a great victory for us and it takes us into the last 16 of the cup and sets us up for a tough away tie against Fulham on Sunday. I felt as a unit we looked strong and the players that came in did wonderfully well.

"We have real competition for places. Fabrice has come in and was assured in midfield which meant we did not have to use Stuart.

"We've managed to pick up three wins in our last four games and it could easily have been four out of four. What we have to keep continuing to do is move in the right direction."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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