Coyle lauds 'lively' Sturridge

BY foxsports • February 3, 2011

The 21-year-old Chelsea striker had to bide his time after starting on the bench but he certainly made the most of his chance after coming on midway through the second half, although his goal owed everything to a moment of madness from Ronald Zubar. With 60 seconds of injury time remaining, the Wolves defender woefully underhit a back pass, leaving Sturridge with the simple task of slotting in his first Trotters goal. Golden though the chance was, Sturridge certainly took it with aplomb, and Coyle could not have been more pleased with his new arrival. He said: "I'm absolutely delighted. It's always nice after the event when you bring in a player who you believe can score goals and he pops up on his debut to do that. "But more than that I thought what he brought to the game when he came on - he was lively, he's got a trick, he's got composure as we saw with the goal, and it certainly augurs well for both the impact he'll make until the end of the season and indeed for Daniel's future." Sturridge's finish was out of context with what had gone before as both teams were left to rue some wasted opportunities, while Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey made three outstanding saves. It was the visitors who had the best chance of the first half as Matt Jarvis beat Bolton's offside trap but rolled his shot past the post with only Jussi Jaaskelainen to beat. Hennessey then denied both Johan Elmander and Matt Taylor while in the second half the Wales stopper needed to be at his best again to keep out a miscued volley from team-mate Christophe Berra. Not long before Sturridge's winner, Kevin Doyle did brilliantly to engineer a shooting chance only for his effort to deflect off Paul Robinson and bounce back off a post. The result made it three Premier League defeats in a row for Wolves, who dropped to the bottom of the table following West Ham's win at Blackpool, while for Bolton the victory ended a run of only one point from five games. Coyle said: "It was a welcome three points. I think it would have been a travesty if we hadn't got them because of the chances we had to get in front. "Wolves are always a threat on the counter-attack and Doyle's a terrific player but after the (Jarvis) chance they had early on, where Jussi's forced him wide, Hennessey made three or four top-class saves. "We had numerous opportunities, balls whistling past the post, we just needed that bit of composure. "I think, because of the little dip we had in January in terms of not getting the league wins that we've been used to, there's also going to be a nervousness that probably filters throughout the stadium. "But the players stayed true to what we're doing, kept creating chances and I'm delighted." Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, meanwhile, was left to reflect on another instance of his side shooting themselves in the foot. McCarthy, who declined to do a full press conference, said: "I don't really know what I can say after that, I feel lousy and I feel robbed. We had a point in our pocket but we gave it away. "I think everyone had settled for a draw and there had been a few chances at either end and I was quite pleased with the potential point. "I went and shook Zubar's hand to get his chin up and carry on playing. That is hard for all of us but that is what we have to do. "He didn't mean to make a mistake but a mistake it was and we continue to make them."


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