Coyle Accepts Responsibility For Defeat

  • August 18, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle says his players must learn to react positively to conceding goals if they are to achieve anything this season.

Goals in each half from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin gave Burnley a 2-0 victory over Wanderers on the opening day of the Championship season, leaving Wanderers looking up from the relegation places.

Speaking after the game, Coyle admitted his players need to alter their attitude and bounce back from the defeat when they host Derby County at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night.

"We started the game well and created some good opportunities to get in front, looking sharp and inventive," Coyle told the club's official website. "We had limited Burnley to a couple of counter-attacks and looked strong.

"For their first goal, the player looked offside but what disappointed me was our reaction to the second.

"Up until trailing by just a goal we were still in the game. After that we let our heads go down and that is not acceptable.

"We are all disappointed to start the season with no points, but we have back-to-back home games coming up and I have told the players in no uncertain terms what I expect from them.

"We have to ensure that we match up for the duration of the game. In this league there is a real appetite and work-rate and we have to ensure we match that and play to our maximum.

"When you don't do that, as we didn't today, you will be punished. We huffed and puffed but the bottom line is that we let a good opportunity to pick up three points pass us by.

"I accept total responsibility as the manager and we want to start putting the points on the board.

"We had almost 3,500 fans supporting us today and we need to give them something to shout about, and we didn't today."

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