Millwall crowd did not rattle Bolton, insists Coyle

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BOLTON manager Owen Coyle dismissed claims that his team were rattled by a volatile atmosphere at The Den on Saturday.

Winger Chris Eagles, who had became a target for Millwall fans after winning several soft free-kicks, skied a 63rd-minute penalty over the bar amidst howls from the terraces.

But Coyle did not believe the crowd was a factor in the Lions' 2-1 win.

"Chris  is a top player," the Trotters boss said. "He has missed a crucial penalty but you have to accept that whoever you are, when you come to Millwall you are going to get a lot of stick.

"They are passionate about their team here and they like to vent. That's the nature of football.

"I think we are old enough to deal with any verbal stick that comes our way and we know how football works.

"With all due respect, the crowd today was 10,000 – we have played in front of crowds of 70,000 so whether it is 10,000 or not, you have still got to stand up to verbals.

"Of course, Millwall will be pleased because if they can get their fans at it, it can only help their players."

Conor Sefton

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