Coyle: Good Form Must Continue

  • April 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle believes Bolton were good value for a draw at Sunderland, but was also disappointed that his side failed to take all three.

A 26th minute volley from Kevin Davies put Wanderers ahead at the Stadium of Light, only for Nicklas Bendtner to draw the scores level ten minutes later.

James McClean gave Martin O'Neill's side the lead with a superb free-kick ten minutes after the break, but Coyle's men left with a point after Davies nodded home an equaliser with 20 minutes left to play.

Speaking after the game, Coyle praised the contributions of club captain Davies, but believes his side deserved to take all three points from their trip to Wearside.

"We started the game really well and were the team on top for the first 25 minutes. It culminated in us scoring a wonderful goal and we looked comfortable at that point," Coyle told the club's official website.

"The disappointment for us is that for Sunderland's equaliser we had possession but gave the ball away cheaply. That gave their crowd a big lift and they got behind their team, but we dealt with that.

"We came out for the second half and again we looked comfortable, but we found ourselves going behind through a good free-kick.

"Again we picked ourselves up, continued to try and play good football and netted a deserved leveller, again through Kevin Davies.

"The captain led the line fantastically today. He is in good form and long may that continue.

"We pushed on to win the game and Craig Gordon has made a magnificent save from Ivan Klasnic as we looked for that elusive winner.

"It wasn't to be but we've taken four points from our last two away games and we now return to the Reebok for two vital home matches.

"What we must do now is continue our fine run of form and take advantage of our game in hand. We have a group with a terrific spirit and our support once again was vocal.

"Our fans have had back-to-back away games this week and have travelled in their numbers to give us their support. They will have a role to play again at the Reebok as we play host to Tottenham.

"It's important that we show a collective togetherness on-and-off the field and if we play to our maximum and our fans really get behind the team, the Reebok is a tough place for any team to come to."

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