Coyle Praises Battling Bolton

  • March 31, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle has praised the determination of his players after they secured a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

After falling behind to a Michael Kightly goal eight minutes after the break, Bolton responded well and equalised just after the hour as Martin Petrov scored from the penalty spot.

The visitors then took control of the game and took the lead ten minutes from time through Marcos Alonso, before substitute Kevin Davies added a third four minutes later.

Matt Jarvis pulled one back for Wolves with two minutes left on the clock, but Bolton held on to claim a third consecutive Premier League victory, much to the delight of their manager.

"Any win in the Barclays Premier League is a big win, but today that gave us some momentum with it being our third on the bounce," Coyle said.

"Today was always going to be difficult. Wolves came out in the first half really fired up to win the game and there had to be some brave defending from ourselves.

"We stood up, made blocks when we had to and Adam (Bogdan) made some top-drawer saves. We made it hard because we never passed the ball as well as we could, but equally we had one or two opportunities on the counter-attack.

"We started well after half-time but then Kightly scored a very good goal. However, the spark and the response we got after that was fantastic.

"We took the game by the scruff of the neck and didn't feel sorry for ourselves. We showed the endeavour and quality and it culminated in three quality goals.

"Martin Petrov converted the penalty with a clinical finish. It was a big ask for him to play, given what happened with Fabrice and now his friend Stiliyan, who we all wish well and is in our thoughts. Martin was emotional but he wanted to play and he was a positive influence on the team.

"Once we scored that equaliser, we became the better side and controlled the game. We moved the ball well and looked an attacking threat. Marcos (Alonso) netted with a superb reaction and the skipper showed again why he has a major role at this club.

"At 3-1 we should have seen the game out and scored more goals. Chris (Eagles), Nigel (Reo-Coker) and Martin (Petrov) all went close, but we allowed a long high ball into our box for their second. It set up a nervy last five minutes but we held on and I'm delighted with the three points.

"We had a sell-out travelling support and they played their part too. They got behind the team when we were a goal down and they roared the team forward.

"We have to continue winning games because the league is tightening up. We have to make sure that we carry on playing our part, knowing that if we win our games then nothing else matters.

"It's three wins on the run, which is a difficult ask for the elite clubs in the Premier League. If we continue to play to our maximum, we will continue on this run because we have the quality to win games and pick up points."

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