Coyle Disappointed With Late Goals

  • August 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle was disappointed with his team's defending as Bolton were knocked out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Crawley Town.

Benik Afobe's strike midway through the first half looked set to put Wanderers into the third round of the competition, but late goals from Billy Clarke and Nicky Ajose turned the game on its head and put the League One side through.

Speaking after the game, Coyle admitted his frustration at Bolton's inability to kill the game off and was disappointed with the way his side conceded two late goals that knocked them out of the competition.

"We were very comfortable in the game at 1-0 and had numerous chances to finish the tie off, but we never took them," Coyle told the club's official website.

"Fair play to Crawley, they pushed on and chased the game, but my disappointment is that we conceded two late goals. We never reached the levels that we are capable of or gained any fluency or cohesion in the game.

"We made seven changes to give a game to some of those who had missed out but, regardless of that, we know we have enough quality to have won, and that is obviously a huge disappointment.

"We wanted a cup run. Any game you enter into you want to win, so it's disappointing that we didn't see the game out.

"We had put ourselves in a good position with the early goal and it should have been the foundation to see us through.

"Having said that, we felt that we should have had a penalty when Darren Pratley was clipped inside the area. Sometimes decisions don't go your way.

"Both Benik (Afobe) and Josh (Vela) picked up knocks, so we will see where we are with them and we will get ready to go again for our game at Hull on Saturday."

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