Coyle: We Never Got Going

  • April 07, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle believes his Bolton team 'never got to the levels' they are capable of as they lost 3-0 at home to Fulham.

A first half brace from Clint Dempsey, followed by a late strike from Mahamadou Diarra gave Martin Jol's side a comfortable victory at the Reebok Stadium, leaving Wanderers just one point above the bottom three with seven games to go.

Bolton travel to Newcastle United on Easter Monday and Coyle admits his players must dust themselves down and start again at the Sports Direct Arena after their poor display against the Cottagers.

"We were coming into today's game on a run that had seen us win nine points from nine available," Coyle told the club's official website.

"We had a good win away at Wolves last week and we wanted to build on our home form that had seen us get back-to-back wins against QPR and Blackburn.

"We wanted to continue that run of form today and open the gap over the other teams in our area of the league, so we find ourselves disappointed not only at the result but at the performance. We never got to the levels or quality that we have as a group.

"To be fair, for the first 20 minutes there wasn't much in the game until Clint Dempsey netted his 35-yard free-kick. Goals change games but we were still very much in the match at 1-0.

"We went looking for the equaliser and that left us exposed on the counter-attack. Damien Duff has escaped down the right and Dempsey has arrived unmarked in the box.

"Fulham are a good side and were clinical when they hit us on the break. In saying that, we were disappointed to give away the second goal.

"We made a number of changes at half-time to freshen things up and we came out looking to get back on level terms.

"We had spells of possession and battled valiantly but Fulham once again hit us on the break. The third goal was always going to be the crucial.

"So we now dust ourselves down and go again on Monday. It's a quick turnaround and Newcastle are on a strong run at the moment and have a bit of everything about them, but we will go there and be positive and get to our maximum.

"Given the short space of time between matches, we will have a look at the squad and see if we need to freshen things up.

"We have to go there and stand up and by counted, and if we do that there's no doubt we can achieve points from the game."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
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