Coyle: Red Card Changed Game

  • October 30, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes the dismissal of Ricardo Gardner was the turning point in his side's 3-1 defeat at Swansea City.

With the scores level at nil-nil, Gardner was shown a second yellow card for hauling back Nathan Dyer just three minutes into the second half.

The Swans took the lead less than 60 seconds later through Joe Allen, before doubling their advantage eight minutes later with a Scott Sinclair penalty.

Danny Graham put through his own goal to give Wanderers hope on 73 minutes, but he made up for his error by scoring at the right end in stoppage time to seal the Swans' first victory over Bolton since 1988.

Speaking after the game, Coyle believes the Trotters failed to deal with the red card and admits they must look to bounce back against Stoke City next weekend.

"Swansea are a good side with good players and they have a strong home record," Coyle told the club's official website.

"We came into the game on the back of a decent performance against Arsenal and we set our stall out, had a good shape and coped with the home pressure, restricting them to just one shot on goal in the first-half.

"We could have gone in at half-time with the lead, accepting that their keeper made a good save from David Ngog.

"We were looking to build on that at the start of the second-half, but the sending-off simply changed the game.

"When we were reduced to ten men it was still nil-nil, but within a couple of minutes we'd set ourselves a mountain to climb, conceding the goals as we did.

"We showed spirit and endeavour to get back into it and score a goal for ourselves. That gave us a platform to go looking for at very least a point.

"We threw everyone forward, which obviously left us open at the back and when you are chasing a game there's always the chance you can get picked off, which is what happened.

"We are not enjoying being where we are. We are better than what we have shown to this point and we have to get on the training ground and address that.

"Once again we took a good travelling support with us and it's most disappointing that we couldn't send them back to the North West celebrating a win.

"We are back at the Reebok next weekend when we face Stoke and we will be looking to get back on track. We were strong at home last season and we need to deliver that consistency and quality of performance again."

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