Coyle bemoans lack of killer instinct after Millwall loss

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BOLTON boss Owen Cowle criticised his team's inability to take their chances after Chris Eagles skied a crucial penalty in their defeat to Millwall.

Eagles had cancelled out Darius Henderson's opener with a clever free-kick five minutes into the second-half, but failed to double his tally from the spot after Alan Dunne brought him down inside the box.

And the winger's miss proved costly for the Trotters when Henderson struck a last-gasp winner.

"The second-half was so much better in terms of passing, moving and creating chances." said Coyle.

"We got back into it with Chris' free-kick and then we had the penalty to go in front, but we spurned that opportunity and it came back to bite us in the 90th minute.

"I don't think for the first 45 minutes we got to the level we are capable of, so there was no disputing the first-half scoreline.

"The first goal took about three or four deflections, which has been the story of our season, but we never passed and moved the ball as well as we can.

"In terms of goalscoring chances, we could have gone on to win the game and the penalty chance is another opportunity we have squandered and we have done that a lot this season.

"We have not been ruthless in front of goal and we have paid a heavy price.

"In tough games like this, you have got to make sure you are doing the right things at the right times. If we had of done that today we would have won the three points, I have no doubt about that."

Conor Sefton


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