Coyle praises rookie Stu after win

28 February 2010 10:01
Zat Knight's first goal of the season - and the club's first in six league games - was enough to seal victory at the Reebok Stadium and take them above their rivals in the table.[LNB]However, it was Aberdeen-born Holden, who arrived last month after leaving Houston Dynamo, who took the plaudits in his first start at this level.[LNB]The United States midfielder retained his place in the team after his bright display in the FA Cup replay defeat by Tottenham in midweek.[LNB]Coyle said: "I thought Stuart was great again. He has a lot about him, a real hunger and a desire.[LNB]"He was at Sunderland as a young player and got released, went to America and took his game on. He could have stayed and played safe.[LNB]"But he wanted to come back to England and prove himself. We will give him the platform.[LNB]"I am delighted how he has gone about it. He was a bundle of energy and his set-play delivery was terrific. It is an added bonus for us."[LNB]Knight made the breakthrough in first half stoppage time with a neat finish after Chung-Young Lee chased a lost cause to set up the opening.[LNB]Bolton then had claims for a penalty waved away when Ronald Zubar appeared to handle a cross from Kevin Davies.[LNB]Wolves responded but were left despondent as David Jones and Kevin Foley both saw efforts come back off the woodwork.[LNB]Coyle was delighted with the manner of the victory.[LNB]He said: "We all knew how big a game this was. So it was terrific to get the three points. Our performance was of a high standard as well.[LNB]"There were moments in the second half when we rode our luck. But we should have put the game to bed by that time.[LNB]"We had a stonewall penalty at the start of the second half. I felt it was ball to hand.[LNB]"But the biggest single thing today was getting that win. It elevates us out of the bottom three and it gives your confidence a great boost.[LNB]"Maybe Zat would have been the last one you would have selected to score the goal. But it was a nice finish by him after great work from Lee."[LNB]Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt his side should have had a penalty as well when Matt Jarvis went to ground following a challenge from Sam Ricketts.[LNB]McCarthy thought they deserved to take something from the game.[LNB]He said: "Playing well doesn't always get you points, does it. We switched off just before half-time.[LNB]"We have made mistakes and it has cost us the game. The goal we conceded wasn't bad luck it was bad defending.[LNB]"It still remains the same. We need a certain amount of points with 11 games left to stay in this league. Can we get those points? That remains to be seen.[LNB]"We will keep trying, keep plugging away. We are in there fighting and that gives us a chance."[LNB][LNB]

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