Owen Coyle hails Bolton spirit after FA Cup thriller

Bolton boss thrilled with his side's grit after thrilling win over Birmingham City seals Wembley date

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Owen Coyle will find out who his side will face at Wembley after the FA Cup draw on Sunday

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FA CUP SIXTH ROUND, 12 MARCH 2011, ST ANDREWS
team1
Birmingham
Jerome (38) Phillips (80)
2 – 3
team2
Bolton
Elmander (21) K Davies (66) Lee (90)

Owen Coyle heaped praise on his Bolton Wanderers side’s determination after they edged an enticing clash with Birmingham City to reach the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Coyle’s visitors twice threw away the lead before substitute Chong Yong-Lee struck a last-gasp winner to book a semi-final date at Wembley next month.

The Bolton manager was thrilled with his side’s fighting spirit at St Andrews. He said: “Both teams went all out to book their place in the semi-final and we showed great character and determination to claim the victory.

“We have to give great credit to Birmingham because they kept coming back.

“Having got 2-1 in front, we should have scored a third with the chances that we created, but then you get Kevin Phillips doing what he does best by magnificently converting what seemed like a half-chance.

“However, we picked ourselves up to get the winning goal. It was a great knock-down by the skipper and a super finish by Chung-Yong.”

Johan Elmander opened the scoring after 21 minutes when the Sweden international drove a ferocious shot past Birmingham’s goalkeeper Ben Foster.

But Cameron Jerome equalised for the home side eight minutes before half-time when he capitalised on a David Wheater’s poor clearance and placed his effort past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The visitors took the lead again after the break through Kevin Davies’s spot-kick after Curtis Davies had fouled the Bolton captain but Kevin Phillips soon levelled matters once again when the former Sunderland striker sublimely lobbed Jaaskelainen from 20 yards.

Chung-Yong grabbed the winner one minute from time when he evaded the attentions of Liam Ridgewell and Curtis Davies to nod home Kevin Davies’s knock-down and book Bolton’s place in the semis.

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