Coyle Praises Bolton Character

  • April 24, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle has praised the character of his Bolton side as they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Villa Park.

The game was decided in a crazy three minute spell at Villa Park, with all three goals being scored in as many minutes.

Stephen Warnock put the host ahead just after the hour, but Wanderers were level inside 60 seconds as Mark Davies was fouled inside the box and Martin Petrov converted the resulting penalty.

David Ngog lashed home after a superb run from Chris Eagles almost immediately afterwards, ensuring Wanderers picked up their first league success at Villa Park since December 2006.

After the game, Coyle was pleased with the character of his team and believes they must take the result into Saturday's game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

"What we showed again tonight was the character that we have in our squad," Coyle told the club's official website.

"Coming into the game we had been in good form and the win tonight gives us 13 points from 21 that have been available.

"Coming to Villa Park, it was always going to be a tough challenge, but in the first half we allowed Aston Villa far too much possession in the middle third with the second ball. Defensively, we didn't get out of quick enough.

"I make no bones about it - Aston Villa were better than us in the first half and I let the lads know at half-time in no uncertain terms because we had not got to the level we were capable of.

"I thought we began the second half well and I was aggrieved to go behind because I felt up to that point Aston Villa hadn't threatened, but you have to credit N'Zogbia because it was wonderful play.

"The Villa fans cranked up the noise and their tails were up, but we responded immediately with two good goals.

"The quality in the build-up to the penalty was first-rate. Martin showed great composure in stepping up to take responsibility, and he despatched it superbly.

"The play for the second goal was equally as impressive. It was a wonderful, free-flowing passing move and Chris Eagles showed quick feet to cross the ball for a fantastic finish from David.

"Over the piece in the second half, we merited the three points - no doubt about it. All credit to the players because, to a man, they stood up and were counted tonight.

"We have to thank our support too because we brought more than a thousand fans to a wet Villa Park on a Tuesday night. They sung their hearts out and gave us strong backing and they should know that they played a part.

"Our character and belief on-and-off the pitch is going to be so important for us, home and away in the last four games. Two are at home and two are away, and we have to continue our run of form when we face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday."

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14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
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