Coyle Blames Individual Errors

  • December 26, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle believes individual errors were to blame as his Bolton side lost 2-0 at home to Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Two strikes in three second half minutes from Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba gave the Magpies their first victory at the Reebok Stadium since August 2007.

After losing eight of their nine Premier League games on home soil this campaign, Coyle believes his players must cut out their mistakes and improve their home form if they are to remain in the top flight of English football next season.

"I thought that we started quite slowly in the first 15 minutes and then we grew into the game," Coyle told the club's official website.

"In the second half, we had waves of attacks and Newcastle hadn't threatened prior to the opening goal. But if you give the ball away cheaply like we did then you will get punished, although I have to say that it was an exquisite finish (from Ben Arfa).

"When you take that jolt or slap, you look for a reaction. However, we then shot ourselves in the foot again when looking to bring the ball out of defence. Obertan raided down the right and Demba Ba's finish took a deflection and flew into the top corner.

"We need to eliminate individual mistakes because it's not like we are being outplayed for large periods of games.

"I'm disappointed because we came out today looking for those back-to-back wins and we have let that chance slip us by. We needed to stand up today and I don't think we showed enough in that respect when things were going against us.

"I said prior to Blackburn that it was a big game, and that's the case again with Wolves next Saturday.

"At the Reebok we have to start picking points up. Away from home we have taken nine points from some difficult matches, but our home record is not good enough and it needs to improve.

"The players need to go out there and believe in what they are doing and we need to stop letting chances to pick points up pass us by."

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