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Bolton's Coyle: We should have beaten Tottenham

Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes his side should have beaten Tottenham in the FA Cup fifth round.

The Trotters controlled most of the match according to their boss and took the lead in the 34th minute through Kevin Davies before Spurs' Jermain Defoe equalised just after the hour-mark.

And despite a saved penalty by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with 18 minutes remaining, Coyle thought his side deserved better than a draw.

"It was a fantastic cup tie with numerous opportunities," said Coyle.

"Harry (Redknapp) said to me at full-time he thought it was a game of two halves but I think it was a game of an hour for us with the last half-hour going to Tottenham.

"There is a lot to be pleased about. For large periods of the game we were in the ascendancy.

"If we had come in at half-time with a bigger lead no-one would have thought it was unjust.

"The players will tell you I had a blast at them at full-time because I believe we should have done enough earlier on to have won the game.

"While accepting at 1-1, with Jussi making the penalty save, we still carried a threat going forward.

"Probably none of us wanted a replay but we are in the draw for the next round and who's to say we can't go there and win the replay.

"I would hope any team I am ever in charge of you would see they would want to win every game they play in and they showed that today."

Andrew Slevison
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