Coyle Praises Wanderers Performance

  • October 02, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle praised his players, despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds United at the Reebok Stadium.

Kevin Davies gave Wanderers a 14th minute lead, but goals either side of the break from Sam Byram and a Luciano Becchio penalty turned the game on it's head.

Davies pulled the hosts level with his second of the night, ten minutes from time, as the game ended all square.

Speaking after the game, Coyle believed his side produced a much improved performance than they did against Crystal Palace on Saturday and was left bemused at how his side failed to pick up the three points.

"I thought we were terrific tonight," Coyle told the club's official website. "It was one of the best performances I've seen at the Reebok.

"If we'd have gone four goals up at one point I don't think it would have been an injustice. We passed and moved the ball around well and the fans were fantastic in really getting behind the team.

"In the second half things got a little difficult with the award of a non-penalty, after we had a stonewaller turned down in the second half when Keith Andrews was fouled.

"We showed a lot of belief and trust in getting ourselves back into the game in the second half.

"I think Kevin Davies epitomised everything about the football club, not only in the way he took his goal, but his all-round play.

"Leeds United will leave tonight wondering how they got a point. There's no doubt that anyone watching that game will have realised how big the gulf was between the two teams.

"Some of our play was outstanding and we probably could have secured the win, accepting that El-Hadji Diouf had a chance in the last minute.

"There's no doubt that we responded well to going behind and we need to maintain that standard from now on.

"We want to be sitting in the pole positions. We're not there yet, but we will be."

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