Second Half Display Pleases Coyle

  • January 14, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle admitted he was pleased with Bolton's second half performance, despite losing 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Despite Wayne Rooney seeing a penalty saved by Adam Bogdan, United held a one goal advantage at the break courtesy of a Paul Scholes tap in.

Further goals from Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick after the break sealed the victory and Coyle believes the scoreline flattered Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

"I think that anybody who saw the game in its entirety will accept that the scoreline flattered Manchester United slightly," Coyle told the club's official website.

"They did have some chances in the first half and there was the penalty save from Adam Bogdan along with a couple of goal-line clearances, but we defended well - you have to when you come to Old Trafford.

"The timing of their first goal is a source of frustration because we weathered the storm that you get when you come to play here.

"In the second half there were periods when we took charge of the game, but the second goal was pivotal. It was a little bit fortuitous with the way the ball ran through to Welbeck, but from that point onwards it was always going to be a difficult ask with just over ten minutes left.

"There was a lot to be pleased about, including the performance of Mark Davies who was outstanding. Adam Bogdan is another who is destined for a glittering career and he showed that today.

"Our younger players are continuing to get better and that will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the season.

"The courage that was displayed in the second half when we took the game to Manchester United showed that we have the belief that we can win games."

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