New Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle was full of praise for his side after seeing his tenure at the Reebok Stadium begin with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
The Trotters gave a spirited display against Arsene Wenger's men, but were unable to take anything from the game, with the two sides set to meet again at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Coyle said: "I thought the level of performance was terrific.
"What we offered for the duration of the match would, on another day, have resulted in points - whether it be one or three.
"We were always in the game, particularly second half and they weren't half-chances, they were real gilt-edged chances.
"We created chances from the first minute of the match and if you analyse that game I think we were deserving of a better result.
"We never got that break you need against these elite clubs - the first goal hit Matt Taylor on the back of the head and a couple of boys have fallen over when the ball has come into the box."