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Let's grow from Wembley woe - Coyle

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle is bracing himself for a horror video after seeing his side's dreams of lifting the FA Cup destroyed in spectacular fashion.

Two goals from former striker Jonathan Walters steered Stoke to a 5-0 victory in Sunday's semi-final at Wembley. Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones were also on target as Tony Pulis' side ran amok.

Coyle said: "I will analyse it, as hurtful and horrible as it will be to watch it again. We have to learn from it."

He added: "Was the stage too much for one or two of them? Football is not just about physical ability. There is a mental strength that goes with it. I loved these occasions as a player.

"There were too many who didn't perform anywhere near to the right standard. We had a number of players who were at the bottom of the ladder. It was never going to be good enough against a very good side.

"The beauty of management is that you have to respond to things like this. You can do one of two things - you can pick yourself up and go again or you can hide.

"There is no getting away from the fact it was a below-par performance. Bizarrely enough, I thought we started the game reasonably well. But we were the architects of our own downfall."

Bolton captain Kevin Davies described their performance as "a terrible dream".

He said: "It was a horrible experience, the manner of the defeat. The first goal was like something from five-a-side rather than on an occasion like this.

"To see the goals going in, I don't know what to say. It was just one of those days. We will try to put it right. It is just a terrible dream at the minute."

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Stoke City
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Robert Huth
Bolton Wanderers
Kenwyne Jones
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Matthew Etherington
Jonathan Walters
FA Cup
Kevin Davies

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