Coyle admits blasting Bolton players at halftime before amazing comeback

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle admits he steamed into his players at halftime as they came from behind to defeat Aston Villa.

The game was decided in a frantic three-minute period in the second half in which Stephen Warnock opened the scoring, before Bolton rallied and hit back through a Martin Petrov penalty and a composed finish from David Ngog.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Coyle said: "What we showed again tonight was the character that we have in our squad.

"Coming into the game we had been in good form and the win tonight gives us 13 points from 21 that have been available.

"Coming to Villa Park, it was always going to be a tough challenge, but in the first half we allowed Aston Villa far too much possession in the middle third with the second ball. Defensively, we didn't get out of quick enough.

"I make no bones about it - Aston Villa were better than us in the first half and I let the lads know at half-time in no uncertain terms because we had not got to the level we were capable of."

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