Coyle hails Bolton belief
Owen Coyle used his Bolton side's recent dominance against West Ham as a catalyst to engineer a 3-1 win.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 21/08/10 7:41pm
Owen Coyle used his Bolton side's recent dominance against West Ham as a catalyst to engineer a comprehensive 3-1 win at Upton Park.
Coyle conceded that on another day West Ham could have been out of sight by half-time, but he revealed that his side's recent dominance over the Hammers played a big part in the Trotters claiming all three points.
Matthew Upson's unfortunate own goal and a Johan Elmander brace was enough for the Wanderers to claim the spoils at Upton Park after Carlton Cole's first-half penalty was saved by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Mark Noble did pull a goal back from the spot but the super Swede was in hot form as the visitors claimed their seventh consecutive win against West Ham.
"I wish it was a two-team league," joked Coyle.
"Sometimes as a player there are teams you are suited to play against. We were aware of that and we had a belief we could win the game.
"We did it last year and I think we have improved since then.
"We were in charge for the first 10-15 minutes but after that West Ham really got at us. Jussi Jaaskelainen had to be in top form which he was, he made some terrific saves.
"We had to get them in at half-time to regroup, we had one or two things to say. In the second half we really showed our quality. We scored two very good goals.
"At 2-0 when we looked so comfortable we had to withstand some pressure after the referee awarded a second penalty, which I think we all agree wasn't a penalty.
"The lads showed great character and scored again. It was hard work - it was a terrific game end to end - and I am delighted with the three points."
Elmander has only scored 10 goals in 57 appearances for Bolton but Coyle said: "I am a great believer in Elmander. Last week I said if he kept giving that level of performance the goals would go in.
"He will take confidence from that today. He is a great lad and a very good player but only Johan can determine that when he crosses the white line.
"I thought him and Kevin were a real handful for West Ham today."