Arsenal vs Bolton - Coyle on favourites Gunners and 'supreme quality' | Carling Cup 2010-11
Arsenal - 1 year ago
Watching: Owen Coyle was as blunt as he felt he could be following his side's demoralising defeat: "If you've got a soft centre it'll be shown in this league because it's ruthless. You want real men standing up to show what they're made of," the Bolton manager said. "You need that mental strength because it's the best league in the world. The one thing they can't do is feel sorry for themselves because you certainly don't improve. They must retain that belief." The match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw that both Coyle and Steve Bruce might have accepted as Bolton and Sunderland had each started the game on six points, and were third- and fourth-bottom respectively. But poor defending from Paul Robinson at a corner -- his header went straight up -- allowed St├ęphane Sess├Ęgnon to score on 82 minutes. In a match of few chances and dire finishing this felt like the death knell for Bolton, a sense that was confirmed when the goalscorer played in Nicklas Bendtner, who completed their misery in added time. The Dane's strike was greeted with jeers from the home support as the realisation sunk in that the win at Wigan Athletic the previous weekend had been a false dawn. "We've got a great set of supporters and if they booed at the end then they were quite right to boo because it was a home game and we had an opportunity to win the match and one that we know that we're capable of wining," Coyle said. "And the bottom line is that if you work hard, and you pay your money to support ...
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