Fulham v Bolton reaction

The Trotters lie rock-bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat at

Fulham in west London. Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz netted the

all-important first-half goals that condemned Bolton to a 13th

defeat in 16 league games. Coyle apologised for his side’s

lacklustre performances and admitted the Trotters must start

winning games soon. “My chairman and owner understand me,” Coyle

said. “They know exactly what I am doing at the football club and

how we want proceed in the long term. “But equally I accept

everything I put in for the longevity and future of the club has to

be backed up by results in the Premier League. “And if we stay up,

which I believe we will, Bolton Wanderers will be set the best they

have been for years and going well as a business and everything

else. “But we have to accept we are in a dogfight in a dangerous

area of the league and we have to address that. “The only way of

doing that is by winning games. “As a manager, I accept total

responsibility for the games. I can understand people being

disappointed and frustrated because I certainly am. “Everybody is

entitled to their opinion in football. I have no problem with that

unless people get personal.” Coyle is second favourite with the

bookies to become the next manager to leave his post, but has not

come under the same personal scrutiny as other managers. Former

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce and Blackburn’s Steve Kean have been

the most high-profile cases and Coyle has thanked the Bolton

support for being more understanding. “I think the fans know how

passionate I am about the football club and how much I care,” he

said. “I felt for our fans. We sold the allocation we had of 600

fans. They worked hard all week earning certainly far less than

myself and my players. “They paid good money to travel to London on

a bitterly cold day and support their team through thick and thin.

“And that is what I have always said, that the one constant at any

football club is the fans. “What they do know, certainly the

majority, is that they have somebody there that is trying to do the

very best for their club. “We have a good future but to do that in

the short-term we need to be in the Barclays Premier League and so

far it has not been good enough. “There is no getting away from

that.” Counterpart Martin Jol cut a far more relaxed figure in the

post-match press conference after seeing his side secure three

points. The Cottagers came into their 31st competitive match of

season with added impetus after their exit from the Europa League

in midweek. Martin Jol’s side squandered a two-goal lead to

eventually draw with Odense on Wednesday night, although there was

to be no such comeback this afternoon. “We have had many good

performances but the most important thing for us is the points,”

the Dutchman said. “After the disappointment of Wednesday it is

always different to play against teams like Bolton and to get the

points. “In the first half, I thought we did well, especially when

we linked up with Mousa Dembele, Clint and Bryan Ruiz and slide

balls into Andy Johnson. “That was a nice balance.” Summer signing

Ruiz was one of the afternoon’s standout performers, setting up

Dempsey and scoring an exquisite scooped effort. “I expect him to

do what he did today because that is what he did on a weekly basis

in Holland,” Jol added. “Of course this is a different ball game

here but I felt he did well over the last three or four games when

he started, especially against Arsenal. “Last week when I moved him

into midfield he was probably one of the best players on the pitch

and today he was not perfect but he can set up goals and score

them. “Like Everton and today, he can score the sort of goals that

not many others can.”