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Coyle eyes final place

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Owen Coyle set his sights on taking Bolton to the FA Cup final - and maintaining his fine Wembley record - after a late goal from Chung-yong Lee earned a 3-2 quarter-final win at Birmingham.

Lee came off the bench to head the winner a minute from time after goals from Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies had been cancelled out by Cameron Jerome and Kevin Phillips. It will be Bolton's first semi-final appearance in the competition for 11 years, but Coyle is aiming higher.

Coyle said: "We are into the semi-final of the best domestic competition in world football. It is a terrific achievement. But what you want now is to progress to the final."

He added: "(Bolton goalkeeper) Jussi Jaaskelainen said to me, 'gaffer, I've waited 12 years to get to this gaffer, Wembley in the FA Cup'. It is nice when you have players of that calibre really cherishing those occasions.

"Whatever the draw, we will be ready to go and try and win that game when it comes about."

Coyle added: "Wembley has always been kind to me. I managed to score there as a player when Bolton got promoted to the Premier League. As a manager, I led Burnley into the Premier League. Let's hope Wembley is kind again."

Coyle praised the way his players overcome the disappointment of twice surrendering the lead.

He said: "I felt we deserved to win. Birmingham have won the Carling Cup and you don't win that by accident.

"You win it because you have quality and tremendous spirit and you've seen that from them again. But I know what I have in my group. I know the quality of player but equally I know the attitude they have.

"They picked themselves up twice from losing the lead. I said to the players, 'don't let the opportunity pass you by' and they responded excellently."

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Chung-Yong Lee
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