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Scot disappointed by result but not by performance

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has expressed his disappointment with his side's 1-0 loss away at Sunderland.

Coyle, whose team have now been leapfrogged by the Black Cats in the table praised Steve Bruce's side, but still felt that the visitors should have taken something from the game.

He said: “We didn’t deserve to lose the match. Sunderland scored a great goal for their point of view. They’re always a threat, Steve’s [Bruce] spent a lot of money bringing some very good players to the football club and they’ve an unbelievable home record.

"We came out in the second half and the last 25, 30 minutes was like the Alamo. We had numerous chances to get the equaliser but we never quite got it."

Craig Gordon produced a world-class save from a Zat Knight effort on the stroke of half-time and Coyle praised the 'keeper, who kept out the Trotters as the visited began to dominate.

He said: Even in a 1-0 I still always believed we’d come back into the game and Craig Gordon’s produced an absolutely magnificent save, that’s why he’s there and why they’ve paid £8m on a goalkeeper."

The former Burnley boss also believed that Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole should have been sent off for a second bookable offence in the second-half, despite Chris Foy not even blowing for a foul.

Coyle added: "I think Lee Cattermole is a terrific player and I never ever want a player sent off, I always want 11 vs 11 and let the best team win. But, the lad was on a yellow card and he clearly fouled [Johan] Elmander, nowhere near the ball. Being a referee is a difficult job but it’s a clear foul."

The Bolton chief insisted that he was proud of his side and stated his belief that they will bounce back from the result. He said: "Am I disappointed? By the result, not by the performance.

"We took on a team that’s unbeaten at home and really took them to the sword. We had 19 players today and every one of them played a part. We feel aggrieved to leave with nothing, we really do. We’ll pick ourselves up and be ready to go for Boxing Day, it’s as simple as that.

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