Shittu Has No Sympathy For Coyle

  • October 08, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Millwall defender Danny Shittu admits he has no sympathy for Bolton boss Owen Coyle, after producing a man-of-the-match performance against his former club on Saturday.

Shittu was named captain for the day as the Lions ran out 2-1 winners over Wanderers at the Den. The former Trotters defender had the ball in the net at one stage, but his header was harshly ruled out for a push on goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Brought to the club by Gary Megson, Shittu made just 12 appearances during his time at the Reebok Stadium, before leaving the club under Coyle's stewardship in the summer of 2010.

Speaking after Saturday's game, the Nigeria international admitted he was delighted to put one over his old boss, who he believes failed to give him an opportunity at the club.

"I think the thing about it is that I've been playing football for so long now, so I'm not really trying to prove anything to anybody, but it was personal, it did mean an extra little thing to me because of me being at Bolton under Owen Coyle's reign," Shittu told The Bolton News.

"He's a great manager and everything, but personally I didn't feel he gave me the chance and the opportunity and I think that maybe was the first game where he's actually seen me play.

"I was not happy for their supporters and their players because they're all great, but for me to get one up on Owen meant a lot because I've had to work hard since to do what I need to do in football to be playing again."

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