Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle stayed upbeat after defeat to Manchester City.

Coyle felt his side - who went close through David Ngog and Ryo Miyaichi when only 1-0 down - acquitted themselves well and remains optimistic.

Coyle said: "In terms of tough games in the Barclays Premier League they don't come any tougher than coming to Manchester City.

"But the pleasing thing for me was we were prepared to come and try to stand toe to toe with them. We created chances.

"It would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves but we will pick ourselves up again. Everyone wrote us off but we more than competed. At 1-0 we were well in the game.

"We have had a tough run of fixtures - tougher than the other teams around us.

"We have to take the positives from today and use them to capitalise on the games in front of us."