Coyle Encouraged By Performance

  • March 03, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle was encouraged by the performance of his Bolton team, despite seeing them suffer a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City.

A deflected Gael Clichy strike and a tap-in from Mario Balotelli gave Roberto Mancini's team a record equaling 19th successive home Premier League victory and despite seeing Wanderers leave the Etihad Stadium empty handed, Coyle believes there are plenty of positives to take out of the game.

"We are disappointed to lose any game but to come to Manchester City and give the level of performance that we did, particularly in the first half, is pleasing," Coyle told the club's official website. "We had endeavour and commitment.

"Manchester City are a team, that for over a year, have won every single home league game, and we came here today and more than matched them for large periods.

"When you are doing well in the Barclays Premier League, fortuitous luck comes your way and that was what happened with Manchester City's first goal.

"We had grown into the game and Joe Hart had made a couple of good saves and we were really pushing Manchester City. He is a world-class goalkeeper and he showed why with the stop from Ryo Miyaichi.

"We had six or seven shots on target in the first half and were in the game. After half-time it was the same, admitting that we didn't perhaps have the same cutting edge.

"For the second goal, there were a couple of opportunities to clear before Adam Johnson's sublime piece of skill on the byline. Ultimately, when you are capable of that and have the quality it's why you play for a club like Manchester City.

"But we competed today and we have to take the positives from that moving into the final 11 games of the season. We have six at home and five away and there are points to be achieved from every single one of those matches.

"We have come through a tough set of fixtures and we now have to make sure that we go and win the points to climb the table. That starts next Saturday against QPR at the Reebok Stadium."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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