Coyle rues missed chances

Trotters boss eyeing up new recruits

Coyle: Satisfied

Coyle: Satisfied

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Owen Coyle was satisfied with a point against Fulham but felt Bolton could have snatched victory at the Reebok Stadium.

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The opening day of the season saw the Trotters and Cottagers share the spoils with neither side able to convert their chances as they played out a goalless draw.

Johan Elmander had a fantastic chance to get his name on the scoresheet but stand-in goalkeeper David Stockdale produced an outstanding save to deny the powerful Swede's drive.

Stuart Holden then could have clinched glory but he saw his clinical strike bounce back off the post.

"All credit to Fulham, they came with a game plan, probably very respectful of us that they sat in and made it difficult," Coyle told Sky Sports.

"I thought we had opportunities to win the match, but equally the last five minutes they did one or two things so it's a point and we move on."


The Scotsman handed a debut to free transfer Martin Petrov who at times showed flashes of his quality and brought in high praise from his new manager.

Coyle was also pleased with the centre-back partnership of Gary Cahill and Zat Knight who faced a difficult task to deter a tireless Bobby Zamora.

"We've created a lot of opportunities, Petrov at the heart of a lot of things and that all goes well for the rest of the season," he added.

The Trotters boss said he would ideally like to bring in some new recruits, but that may mean having to sell some players in order to free up funds.

On making more signings, he added: "We'd certainly hope that to be the case.

"It's fair to say we probably need one or two to move on and there's a couple of lads at the club who want to play and not had as much game time as we would've liked so if there's other clubs interested and one or two move on then that might free up some funds.

"So if there's money available somewhere then I'll look to spend it."