Coyle hails Trotters fightback

Published Nov. 28, 2010 10:14 a.m. ET

Owen Coyle felt Bolton's players backed up his attacking ambition with a determined fightback in Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Blackpool.

The Trotters boss went for broke at 2-0 down at home to the Seasiders in the Premier League and was rewarded with a late draw at the Reebok Stadium.

The visitors led thanks to headers from Ian Evatt and Luke Varney only for Wanderers to rally late on and secure a point through Martin Petrov's volley and Mark Davies, who scored at the end of a stunning passing move in the 89th minute.

Having not taken advantage of their domination in the early part of the game Bolton put up a fight late on to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

"I think we started well and had a couple of half-chances to get in front but we didn't take them," said Coyle.

"They scored a great goal from a corner and all of a sudden it gave them a lift and we lost our way a bit.

"We had a bit of bad luck for the second goal as Jussi Jaaskelainen and Gary Cahill collided with each other and that allowed the ball to go over the line.


"At 2-0 down at home we made substitutions (bringing on Petrov and Rodrigo Moreno) - and I'm not being smart after the event - but I was prepared to lose the game 3-0 or 4-0 to get back into it.

"We effectively ended up with six attacking players on the pitch and the last 25 minutes we have scored two goals and could have scored four or five.

"We could have snatched - and snatched is what it would have been because Blackpool were terrific - the three points.

"We committed many players forward and were prepared to leave ourselves open so it is always nice from a manager's point of view when that goes your way and it works for you.

"The spirit we showed and the quality of the [second] goal in terms of passing was pleasing."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway paid tribute to his side despite them failing to hang on to their lead.

"We were brilliant, a little bit naive, but to play like we did against Bolton in the form they were in...," he said.

"I believe that playing like that will get us more points than it loses us.

"I am not disappointed. I thought my team were absolutely brilliant; we came here, took the game to them, passed it and moved it and created a lot of chances.

"DJ Campbell deserved to get two goals and how he didn't I don't know.

"Jaaskelainen made a vital save because if we had got a third goal is would have been sayonara.

"Unfortunately it wasn't and the last goal was a brilliant goal so I'm not even upset about it.

"I can't be disappointed with that performance. I thought we were fantastic.

"I don't think I've ever enjoyed a match so much in my life. We caused them, a really good side, some problems and how we haven't got all three points I don't know - but that is football for you.

"I would have paid to watch that."