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Coyle to keep up confidence of Bolton side despite another loss

Owen Coyle is confident that his Bolton Wanderers side will be well out of the bottom three come seasons end.

The Trotters today sustained their seventh defeat of the campaign in their ninth outing when Sunderland beat them 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium but Coyle is maintaining a positive outlook despite their current stance of 18th on the table.

"It's not bravery or being naive or anything else. The bottom line is wherever we sit just now is certainly not where I want to be as Bolton Wanderers manager, accepting it's been for a number of reasons," he said.

"Because of that start these games take on extra significance because of the stigma involved in being in the bottom three, you want to be out of there and moving up, and that's why today was a great opportunity to do it.

"We haven't done it and we didn't do it because in the second half we didn't perform well enough," he added.

"If we'd got to our standard and our maximum then we could have won that game, there's no doubt about that.

"You'll always have one or two slightly off it but we had far too many in the second half, and we got punished heavily. What we must do is not feel sorry for ourselves. We'll look to address what the problem was and get up and running again as quickly as we can."

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