Coyle thrilled by youngsters

BY foxsports • August 25, 2011

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."


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