Coyle: Two Points Dropped

  • May 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle believes it is a case of two points dropped as his Bolton side threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion.

A Martin Petrov penalty and an own goal from Billy Jones had given Wanderers the advantage, until Chris Brunt pulled one back for the Baggies with 15 minutes remaining.

One-time Bolton target James Morrison would go on to equalise in stoppage time to leave Wanderers' Premier League lives in the balance and Coyle believes his team's away form will stand them in good stead when they visit Stoke City next weekend.

"I don't think there's any doubt that we feel like we have dropped two points in a home game that we were desperate to win," Coyle told the club's official website.

"For 75 minutes we had done enough to earn the three points. We got ourselves in a position where we were two goals in front, accepting that the second was a bit fortuitous.

"At that point, we have to see the game out but there were a few nerves and people got anxious in the last 15 minutes.

"My disappointment is that from my point of view we have conceded two soft goals. Once Chris Brunt scored, at that point we have to say to ourselves that we won't be breached again.

"We sat back too much and when we were attacking, we weren't keeping hold of possession. That allowed West Brom, who have very good players, time to get passes and runners in.

"The outcome was harsh on us, but we were always going to have to go to Stoke and get a result. We have to make sure we are on top of our game when we go to the Britannia Stadium next Sunday.

"Given the way we have played on our travels this year and the results that that we have picked up, we are more than capable of doing that. Football is a game of high drama and things can change very quickly.

"I'd like to place on record our sincere thanks to all our supporters who have backed us this season, home and away.

"We had another bumper crowd again today and we really do appreciate the backing that our fans continue to give us.

"We are taking a sell-out allocation to Stoke and we will need every single fan behind us at the Britannia Stadium."

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