Coyle: Spurs Were Better Team

  • March 27, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle admitted Tottenham Hotspur deserved their victory over Bolton on Tuesday night as they booked their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan produced a superb performance, almost single-handedly keeping out Harry Redknapp's side throughout the game.

He made a string of fine saves to deny the hosts, before he was finally beaten by a Ryan Nelsen header 16 minutes from time.

Gareth Bale added a second three minutes later, before substitute Kevin Davies pulled one back for Wanderers in stoppage time, only for Louis Saha to seal the victory.

Coyle admitted it was tough to return to the venue of Fabrice Muamba's collapse, but believes the circumstances surrounding the tie had no impact on the result, with the better team advancing to the last four of the competition.

"We knew it was going to be difficult when the quarter-final draw was made," Coyle told the club's official website.

"Tottenham have shown this season what a top quality side they are. They are pushing for a return to the Champions League and a top four spot. They have strength in depth and you could see that tonight with the changes that they made.

"Saying that, we came into the game with a determination to progress as far as we could in the competition.

"We applied ourselves well and the lads stuck to their task and, of course, there was always that added element tonight with what happened to Fab so it was going to be difficult. He was always going to be in our thoughts tonight and will be as we go forward. He's making good progress and we want that to continue.

"As to the game, there's no doubt we rode our luck at times and we have to accept over the piece Tottenham were the better side. However, we had a couple of great chances ourselves to get in front.

"At 2-0 it would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves, but we didn't, we pushed forward and the skipper finished off a good move for a terrific goal.

"We knew emotionally it would be difficult for all our players tonight, but the lads carried on true to the spirit and unity we have in our football club.

"Again, we had terrific backing from our supporters and thanks to all of them who made the midweek journey down.

"We now turn our attentions to an important game on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League. We go into the game following a good run of form in the league and we need to bring it all together against a strong Wolves side.

"Tonight wasn't to be, but it wasn't through a lack of effort and endeavour. We'll regroup over the next couple of days.

"Everyone in our group is desperate to play their part for Bolton Wanderers and that is very pleasing. What we have to do now is make sure we get enough points to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

"We've got enough quality and desire in the squad to do exactly that."

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