Coyle: We Must Learn To Defend

  • September 01, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle admits Bolton need to cut out defensive mistakes and learn to keep clean sheets after they lost 3-1 to Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Chris Eagles gave Wanderers the lead with a stunning 35-yard free-kick on 17 minutes, but the Tigers were level before the half-hour as Sone Aluko's shot clipped up off Tim Ream and past a stranded Adam Bogdan.

The two sides went in level at the break, but two goals inside the opening five minutes of the second half from Abdoulaye Faye and Stephen Quinn gave Steve Bruce's side a deserved victory.

Speaking after the game, Coyle claimed responsibility for the poor display, but admitted his players need to cut down on the number of defensive mistakes they are making on a weekly basis.

"We're of course utterly disappointed, angry and frustrated, because we started the game reasonably well, took the lead and looked comfortable," Coyle told the club's official website.

"Hull have got some very good players, but I felt we made it too easy for them this afternoon.

"Whilst they finished their goals well, we caused our own problems. We had opportunities in the run-up to the first goal to clear our lines, but we never did that and came in at 1-1 at half time.

"The disappointing thing from my point of view is the way we started the second half.

"Even after we went 2-1 down, we've still got 44 minutes to get ourselves back in the game. We've then allowed another soft goal, as good a finish as it was, and that gave us a mountain to climb that ultimately proved too much.

"We have to accept and take responsibility. We have to start keeping clean sheets and stop leaking soft goals.

"We'll always create chances, because I think we're a very offensive team and we've got terrific attacking players, but we have to learn to defend and cut out sloppy goals.

"I thought Jay Spearing had an outstanding debut, but we need more than the odd one or two to perform well.

"I understand exactly how the fans are feeling and as a manager I accept that responsibility.

"The fans came today and got behind the team again. Ideally, we would have liked to have gone into the international break with three points and have the feeling that the Hull players and staff have. Instead, we've got a lot of time to think things over and we’ll take things from there."

Wanderers return to action on September 15, when they host Gianfranco Zola's Watford at the Reebok Stadium.

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