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Posted on 14 February 2010  - 12:00

Owen Coyle felt his side should have wrapped up Sunday's FA Cup tie before we got back into the game.

Opposition view

Owen Coyle felt his side should have wrapped up Sunday's FA Cup tie before we got back into the game.

Bolton dominated the first half of the fifth round encounter at the Reebok Stadium and opened the scoring in the 34th minute through skipper Kevin Davies.

But we took control in the second half and had already hit the crossbar twice when Jermain Defoe rifled home from Gareth Bale's pass.

Tom Huddlestone then saw his penalty saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen and the home keeper did well to deny Defoe later in the game.

"It was a fantastic cup tie with numerous opportunities," said Coyle.

"Harry said to me at full-time he thought it was a game of two halves but I think it was a game of an hour for us with the last half-hour going to Tottenham.

"There is a lot for us to be pleased about. For large periods of the game we were in the ascendancy and if we had come in at half-time with a bigger lead no-one would have thought it was unjust.

"The players will tell you I had a blast at them at full-time because I believe we should have done enough earlier on to have won the game.

"Probably none of us wanted a replay but we are in the draw for the next round and who is to say we can't go there and win the replay."