Manager's Birmingham Reaction

Owen Coyle disappointed after the 2-1 loss at St Andrew's

Owen Coyle felt that it was a missed opportunity at St Andrew’s after Wanderers were beaten 2-1 by Birmingham City.

The Bolton boss was left frustrated at the result, believing his team’s performance merited more.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, he said: “We controlled the early parts of the game and were settling in well, being the team in the ascendency. So to concede from what was Birmingham's first real move upfield was a setback.

“But we got ourselves back into the game and fought our way back, we created a couple of good chances and were worthy of the equaliser which was a great goal from Chris Eagles. It was fair that we went in even at half-time.

“We were disappointed with the penalty decision that gave them the lead again a minute into the second half and from then on we battled hard to get back into the game.

“Our travelling fans kept with the players all night and really got behind them as we went in search of our second goal.

“Their goalkeeper Butland has a good reputation and he showed why by making a couple of fine saves. We tested him a number of times but we couldn't get that break to bring us back on level terms.

“We are six games in and there is no doubt we wanted a bigger points tally than we have at this stage. We have taken seven out of nine points on home turf and are unbeaten at the Reebok, and we want that on the road too.

“We put a lot into the game and the least we deserved was a draw, but it wasn’t to be.

“Jay Spearing came off earlier in the match and he will be assessed in the next couple of days ahead of our game at Sheffield Wednesday.”

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