x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Poor form has surprised Bolton manager Owen Coyle

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle does not expect his team to be involved in the Premier League relegation scrap despite their poor start to the season.

Wolves left it late to get a point against Swansea.
Wolves left it late to get a point against Swansea.

Bolton 0-2 Sunderland

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle does not expect his team to be involved in the Premier League relegation scrap despite their poor start to the season.

The Trotters looked like they had stopped the rot last weekend with victory at Wigan to end a run of six defeats in a row but today's 2-0 home loss against Sunderland left them without a point at the Reebok Stadium after five matches.

An uninspiring match looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Stephane Sessegnon grabbed his first goal of the season eight minutes from time, with Nicklas Bendtner adding the second in injury time.

Bolton can certainly claim their fixture list as a mitigating factor having played five of the big six already, and Coyle is confident their stay in the bottom three is only a temporary one.

The Scot said: "It's not bravery or being naive or anything else. The bottom line is wherever we sit just now is certainly not where I want to be as Bolton Wanderers manager, accepting it's been for a number of reasons.

"Because of that start these games take on extra significance because of the stigma involved in being in the bottom three, you want to be out of there and moving up, and that's why today was a great opportunity to do it."

Newcastle 1-0 Wigan

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hailed Yohan Cabaye after the summer signing from Lille maintained his side's superb start to the season with an 80th-minute winner against Wigan.

Cabaye curled the ball past Ali Al Habsi from the edge of the box to finally shatter the visitor's brave resistance and stretch the Magpies' unbeaten start to nine matches.

Pardew said: "Yohan is a really class player and he brings an elegance to us that everybody really appreciates. He's hit a real cracker to get up and running.

"He's a level-headed person and footballer. He's settled in and his quality shows every week. His goal will endear him to the fans even more."

Aston Villa 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

Paul Scharner's second-half goal earned West Brom their first away league win over 10-man Aston Villa for 32 years.

Villa went ahead through Darren Bent's penalty but this Barclays Premier League game turned Albion's way after midfielder Chris Herd was red-carded after 35 minutes following a clash with Jonas Olsson inside his own box.

Chris Brunt missed the spot-kick but the Baggies cashed in on Villa's frailty at set-pieces with Olsson equalising before half-time and Scharner netting the winner - both from Brunt corners.

Woverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Swansea

Kevin Doyle admitted the Wolverhampton Wanderers players were as "low as they could be" at half time against Swansea City before scoring twice in the last six minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Molineux.

Mick McCarthy's side trailed 2-0 at the break following goals from Danny Graham and Joe Allen, but Doyle, the Republic of Ireland striker, pulled one back in the 84th minute before Jamie O'Hara's equaliser two minutes later.

Wolves had gone into the game on the back of five straight Premier League defeats.

"We were as low as we could be to be honest at half time," Doyle said on Sky Sports 2. "We've lost five in a row and it looked like we were going to lose six, but we came back. It's a massive point for us.

"Everyone's high as a kite after being down in the dumps after 84 minutes."

O'Hara admitted, though, that the team could not afford to keep on starting matches so slowly.

"Again in the first half we go 2-0 down and it's not good for us to keep doing that," the midfielder said.

"Credit to the boys we got back in it, but we've got to stop doing that."

Swansea's Scott Sinclair admitted the visitors had thrown the chance of victory away.

"We controlled the game and let it slip through our fingers," he said. "We should have won. It's good that we got the first away point, but we're disappointed that we didn't get the three."