Saturday, 7 January 2012

Coyle Still Feels Cup Pain

Owen Coyle still feels the pain of Bolton's 5-0 thrashing by Stoke in last season's semi-final.

The Trotters went into the Wembley clash on the back of a decent run in the league and expecting to land a spot in their first FA Cup final since 1958.

But they failed to deliver on a miserable day as Jon Walters netted twice to help Stoke romp home.

For a proud man like Coyle the defeat was devastating and he concedes the agony of the day is still with him.

He said: ``It still hurts. When you progress to one step from the final of the best cup competition in the world you want to win it.

``We got so close to what we wanted to do. We wanted to win things and play to our maximum. We didn't that day and paid a heavy price.

``Stoke were ruthless and we were disappointed because we felt it was a game we could win.''

Bolton have endured a dodgy run of form ever since capitulating to Stoke at Wembley, leaving them heading to Macclesfield today fearing a cup shock.

The Wanderers have won just six times in the 26 Premier League games since that cup defeat.

And Coyle has ordered his troops to use the this competition to boost their confidence.

He added: ``We have had to take our medicine and now we have to bounce back.

``It's a new year and we want an extended run again and the only way to do that is by winning tough games - starting at Macclesfield.

``Last year we went to three Premier League grounds and won away from home. We went to Wigan and won, Fulham away and won and Birmingham away and won.

``We are capable of getting to tough places and winning games on any given day and that is what we will have to focus on.''

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