Coyle had to be magnanimous about the quality of Ben Arfa’s strike that set the ball rolling for Newcastle.
“It was a tremendous bit of skill and, as a football lover, it’s the kind of thing you love to see – just not when it happens to your team,” he said.
“The skill, the balance, and the calmness for the finish, it was all there. He is a very talented player.
“For our part, I think Sam Ricketts slipped in the initial challenge and Mark Davies should have stayed on his feet instead of going to ground.
“It was a great goal but there were certain things I think we could have done better.”