Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt his side blew an opportunity to give themselves vital breathing space in their Barclays Premier League relegation battle.

The Trotters fell well below their recent standards as they slumped to a 3-0 home defeat to Clint Dempsey-inspired Fulham, though favourable results elsewhere ensured they remained outside the bottom three.

Coyle had been expecting much better after entering the game on the back of a three-match winning run, and said: "It is disappointing because of how we came into the game, and being at home, looking to make it four wins on the bounce."

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