Coyle: Not Good Enough

  • February 11, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes his players didn't perform as they should in their 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic.

Gary Caldwell headed the Latics in front two minutes before the break at the Reebok Stadium, only for Mark Davies to pull Wanderers level midway through the second half.

Parity didn't last long, however, as James McArthur sealed an away win for Roberto Martinez's team 14 minutes from time.

Coyle admits he was happy with his team's performance in the final half hour, but wasn't impressed with what he saw in the 60 minutes prior to that.

"We know the situation that we are in and today was very much a case of a missed opportunity," Coyle told the club's official website. "We don't want to be giving up chances like that.

"We had entered today's game in some good form at the Reebok. It was a local derby and we knew what was at stake.

"We've done very well at home recently in both league and cup competitions and today was an opportunity to push up another couple of places in the table, but we have let that chance pass us by.

"We shot ourselves in the foot with the two goals that we conceded. The first goal was a free header and for the second it all stemmed from a throw-in 70 yards from goal.

"The three substitutes came on and made a difference but it shouldn't take until the second half for us to start playing.

"In the first half, we weren't good enough. We have to perform from the outset and if we had done that we would have won the game.

"Taking nothing away from Wigan, we showed that when we got a head of steam up we were the team in the ascendency. For a period of time in the second half we looked like we could kick-on after equalising.

"Their goalkeeper made one or two good saves and even late on young Ryo Miyaichi had a chance, so we kept pushing on.

"But we can't wait until 60 minutes into a match before we start playing."

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