Coyle: We Will Be Back

  • May 13, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle believes Bolton have what it takes to return to the Premier League, after their 11-year stint in the top flight came to an end on Sunday.

Needing victory to have any chance of avoiding relegation, Wanderers could only manage a 2-2 draw at Stoke City, with a controversial brace from ex-Bolton forward Jonathan Walters enough to send his former club down.

Walters put the hosts ahead on 13 minutes after bundling Adam Bogdan and ball over the line.

Wanderers levelled six minutes before the break as Robert Huth's attempted clearance bounced off Mark Davies and past Thomas Sorensen.

Kevin Davies put the visitors ahead in the final minute of the half with a cross-cum-shot from the right flank, before Walters condemned Bolton to the drop by scoring from the penalty spot in the final 15 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Bolton boss Owen Coyle offered no excuses for his side's demise and believes the club have what it takes to bounce back at the first attempt.

"There's obviously huge disappointment for everybody involved with the football club, especially the fans who were tremendous today," Coyle told the club's official website.

"We've had superb support throughout the season, home and away, and once again we had a tremendous backing as the fans supported us in their numbers.

"Today, I felt that we did enough to win the game after the slow start we made.

"For the first goal, Jonathan Walters headed the ball after Adam Bogdan had clearly got hold of it, but the goal was inexplicably given.

"We picked ourselves up, got 2-1 in front and had the chances to score the third goal which would have really put the game to bed.

"We allowed Stoke to have possession and come back into the game, but they didn't really create too many clear-cut chances.

"Adam made a terrific save from Peter Crouch and from the rebound Crouch has stumbled into Adam. It's as softer penalty as you will see.

"Even at 2-2, we got ourselves up the park and looked for the elusive winner.

"Tim Ream has had a great header in the last seconds of the game. If Sorensen hadn't made that save we would still be in the Barclays Premier League.

"Of course, it's difficult to take and we all feel a range of emotions. There is no doubt that today is very much a disappointing moment for us all.

"We have a fantastic club and fantastic support. We will pick ourselves up, will look to regroup through the summer and bounce back straight away."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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