Coyle thrilled by youngsters

Debutant Tuncay Sanli may have caught the eye with his goal and

assist but the Trotters kids impressed too. Right-back Joe Riley

was handed his first senior start and was later joined on the pitch

in the second half by fellow 19-year-old Adam Blakeman and late on

20-year-old striker Michael O’Halloran was given his first run out.

By the time he arrived the game had already been won as Tuncay’s

scissor-kick volley had cancelled out Emile Sinclair’s opener for

the League Two visitors before Martin Petrov fired home the winner

with 17 minutes remaining. While Tuncay’s contribution was to be

expected, as an experienced Turkey international and Premier League

veteran with Middlesbrough and Stoke, Coyle was encouraged by the

performances of his young stars. “To get those three kids on the

park was special,” he said. “I want to rear our own players and I

thought Joe Riley was man of the match from start to finish, I

thought he was excellent. “Blakeman came on and looked a terrific

footballer and his first pass was the best of the game, while

Michael came on and looked a real threat. “He was unlucky to score

and I said to him ‘Don’t ever be afraid to miss chances – I had a

career of them’. “To win the game, make eight changes and have

those three kids involved it was a night of positives.”