Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trotters Rue Their Missed Chances; Coyle Feels Tie Should Be Over

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trotters Rue Their Missed Chances; Coyle Feels Tie Should Be Over

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Bolton Wanderers 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 BOLTON manager Owen Coyle felt his side should have put their FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Tottenham beyond doubt a long time before they allowed their opponents to grab an equaliser, writes CARL MARKHAM.

Wanderers captain Kevin Davies put his side ahead in the 34th minute after finishing off a 16-pass move but they created a number of other opportunities before the break.

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe equalised just past the hour and midfielder Tom Huddlestone had a chance to win it from the penalty spot after Sam Ricketts had handled the ball but Jussi Jaaskelainen saved. "It was a fantastic cup tie with numerous opportunities," said former Burnley boss Coyle.

"Harry said to me at full-time he thought it was a game of two halves but I think it was a game of an hour for us with the last half-hour going to Tottenham.

"There is a lot to be pleased about. For large periods of the game we were in the ascendancy. "If we had come in at half-time with a bigger lead no-one would have thought it was unjust.

"The players will tell you I had a blast at them at full-time because I believe we should have done enough earlier on to have won the game.

"While accepting at 1-1, with Jussi making the penalty save, we still carried a threat going forward. Probably none of us wanted a replay but we are in the draw for the next round and who's to say we can't go there and win the replay.

"I would hope any team I am ever in charge of you would see they would want to win every game they play in and they showed that today."

Coyle felt the penalty award may have been harsh but was not prepared to make an issue of it.

"I can understand why it was given because, if it was at the other end, I would probably be looking for it," he added.

"It is easy to look back in slow motion and see Sam's arms were already up because of the nature of Crouch's movement but the referee called it and you have to get on with it. …

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