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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

England name team to face Norway and John Stones will start

John Stones has been named in England’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s friendly against Norway.

International friendly: England v Norway preview

Team news for Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Norway at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren

Norway defender Vegard Forren says England captain Wayne Rooney “looks a bit chubby”.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property