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Bolton boss now looking ahead to reaching final

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is determined on taking Bolton to the FA Cup final after a 3-2 quarter-final win at Birmingham. It will be the Wanderers first semi-final appearance in the competition for 11 years, but Coyle is aiming higher.

Coyle said: "We are into the semi-final of the best domestic competition in world football.

"It is a terrific achievement. (Bolton goalkeeper) Jussi Jaaskelainen said to me, 'gaffer, I've waited 12 years to get to this gaffer, Wembley in the FA Cup'.

"It is nice when you have players of that calibre really cherishing those occasions.

"But what you want now is to progress to the final.

"Whatever the draw, we will be ready to go and try and win that game when it comes about."

Coyle added: "Wembley has always been kind to me.

"I managed to score there as a player when Bolton got promoted to the Premier League.

"As a manager, I led Burnley into the Premier League. Let's hope Wembley is kind again."

Coyle praised the way his players overcome the disappointment of twice surrendering the lead.

He said: "I felt we deserved to win. Birmingham have won the Carling Cup and you don't win that by accident.

"You win it because you have quality and tremendous spirit and you've seen that from them again today.

"But I know what I have in my group. I know the quality of player but equally I know the attitude they have.

"They picked themselves up twice from losing the lead. I said to the players, 'don't let the opportunity pass you by' and they responded excellently."

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish admitted his side were guilty of some poor defending.

He said "Our lads, despite the problems we had with injuries, put in a magnificent effort.

"You couldn't ask for more in terms of commitment and effort.

"But we were a bit sloppy with the goals.

"When your back four changes, they may not gel straight away and it was evident with the first and third goals.

"But overall the performance of the team was a plus."

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