COYLE: BOLTON CAN STILL SURVIVE

Owen Coyle feels a win on the final day of the season would keep Bolton up.

Last Updated: 06/05/12 at 18:51 Post Comment   

Owen Coyle: Survival battle continues

Owen Coyle: Survival battle continues

Defiant Bolton boss Owen Coyle is convinced his side still hold their Barclays Premier League future in their own hands despite blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Brom at the Reebok Stadium.

James Morrison's last-minute equaliser, coupled with a late winner for Queen's Park Rangers over Stoke, means the Trotters have to win their last game at Stoke next Sunday, and hope at least one other club slips up.

But with Rangers facing the thankless task of a trip to champions-elect Manchester City, Coyle sees hope and said: "We have to pick ourselves up and win that game and I truly believe that will be enough to keep us in the Barclays Premier League."

Coyle did not hide his disappointment at the way his side - seemingly coasting to victory after 70 minutes through goals from Martin Petrov and an own goal from Billy Jones, allowed the Baggies to pull level through Chris Brunt then Morrison's late strike.

Coyle added: "There is no getting away from how disappointing it is to have drawn a game that to all intents and purposes we were well placed to win.

"We created some unbelievable chances and at 2-0 up we should have closed the game out and had the three points we craved. My disappointment is that we allowed that to slip away, and now we have to stand up and be counted.

"At one point we were 2-1 up and QPR were drawing and that's how quickly it can change. That's why we know through all this disappointment that it could change very quickly next week - but we just have to focus on going to Stoke and winning.

"In a bizarre way, it might be a good thing that we're focused and have to go and win the game, and not be settling for draws or anything else. We'll dust ourselves down, take our medicine and get on with it."

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