Coyle on mark in friendly win
olton boss Owen Coyle pulled on his boots and scored in the Trotters' 2-0 defeat of Irish Premiership side Cliftonville on Monday evening. Coyle, 15 years after his last appearance for Wanderers against Blackburn in August 1995, played 68 minutes in the friendly. The 43-year-old chipped in with a second-half goal after Ivan Klasnic's early opening strike. A mixture of youth and experience made the trip across the Irish Sea, with all of the fit senior players who didn't make the starting line-up for Saturday's victory over Wolves playing some part in the match at the Belfast-based club's Solitude Stadium. Along with Coyle, seven recognised first-team players started the friendly, including Klasnic, who smashed a shot just wide with only his second touch of the game. Wearing the number nine shirt, Coyle played a neat nutmeg through defender Ciaran Donaghy's legs and Klasnic made no mistake after 20 minutes. The hosts came out after the interval and offered more of a threat, but whenever they got a sight at goal, Adam Bogdan was equal to the challenge. Tamir Cohen cannoned a 30-yard effort just wide before Coyle grabbed his goal on 66 minutes with a clever lobbed finish from just inside the penalty area.
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