Coyle thanks God for win over Potters
Published 19:12 06/11/11 By MirrorFootball
Bolton boss Owen Coyle thanked his players - and God - after his side's emphatic 5-0 defeat of Stoke this afternoon.
The Trotters cast aside their recent poor form with a devastating performance that avenged their humiliating Wembley loss to the Potters, by the same scoreline, in last season's FA Cup semi-finals.
The result lifted Bolton up only one place in the Barclays Premier League to 18th but it secured their first points of the season at the Reebok Stadium and it could kickstart their campaign.
Coyle said: "We came into the game in good fettle.
"That is not being smart after the event, I felt really good coming into the game because of how well we trained.
"Even last night when I went to Mass, my local priest was praying for the Wanderers. So I knew He was onside as well.
"It is good when it all comes to fruition."
Bolton's decline could arguably be traced back to their Wembley horror show last April, after which they had lost 13 of 16 league games prior to today's result.
Coyle, however, did not believe that was of any significance.
He said: "We know what happened before.
"All credit to Stoke, they reaped the benefits with Europe and everything else.
"But our focus today was to address what had been happening in the Barclays Premier League, not what went before."
Bolton claimed an early lead after Asmir Begovic was deemed to have handled a back pass from Glenn Whelan in the second minute. Begovic then allowed Ivan Klasnic to take a quick free-kick and Kevin Davies struck.
Chris Eagles and Klasnic then went on to score two apiece in a dominant Wanderers display.
Coyle said: "There is no getting away from the level of performance and how crucial the win was.
"We had them in training for an extra day this week. The intensity was there and regardless of how the result went I wanted to make sure we had a performance of the way I like.
"They did that today and we have got to make sure we do that consistently.
"The quality of goals was there for everyone to see.
"It was a valuable three points. It only moves us up one place but it catapults us up among seven or eight teams. It puts us on an upwards spiral."
Stoke had been in Europa League action away at Maccabi Tel Aviv only on Thursday but manager Tony Pulis had no excuses.
Pulis said: "We were very poor, I didn't think we competed.
"Whether the first goal was a back pass or not, it makes absolutely no difference.
"We had 90-odd minutes to put it right but we just didn't compete.
"Bolton were better than us all over the pitch.
"I have managed the club for eight-and-a-half years, over 200 games, and that has got to be one of the worst performances in respect of being competitive and doing the basics properly.
"But take nothing away from Bolton. We had our day at Wembley and they have had their day today."
On his team's schedule, he added: "Playing Monday, Thursday and Sunday is always going to be a tough call when you are travelling those distances but there are no excuses whatsoever."