Belfast Telegraph

Coyle targets vital win at Wolves

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes a win over Wolves in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash could be key in his side's bid to avoid relegation.

Wolves are currently bottom after four straight defeats while Bolton - who are still coming to terms with the cardiac arrest suffered by Fabrice Muamba - are looking for their third consecutive league win and are currently just above the bottom three.

"Saturday presents an opportunity," Coyle said. "As difficult as it is, as Wolves away is always a tough game, we went there last year and won and we have to look to do the same again."

The Trotters have beaten relegation rivals QPR and Blackburn in recent weeks, and with their game against Aston Villa postponed as a result of Muamba's condition, they have a game in hand over the other teams at the bottom. Coyle believes Saturday's game gives his side a golden chance to create some vital breathing space.

"The players will be ready," he said. "They will recognise what's involved with the football match and what it means. It's not a game that's taking place in August or September where you have 30 games to recover. This is a game that comes at the business end of the season for both teams.

"We always throw out the old cliche of a six pointer. This is a six pointer, there's no getting away from it. It's a huge game for both teams and has huge connotations.

"If we win the game we go seven points clear with a game in hand with seven games left. If Wolves win the game it's back to one point with a game in hand. We have to go and be very positive to win that game and show the spirit and that camaraderie that we have, and on top of that show our quality."

However, Coyle is not underestimating Terry O'Connor's Wolves, despite their run of poor form.

"They're very dangerous," Coyle said. "I watched the game they lost to Norwich last week and they were very unlucky. We've got no doubts it will be a tough game and we're away from home so they will have that advantage, but we'll go there aiming to get to our maximum.

"If we do that we'll have shown we can put in big performances and get big results. Coming on the back of two wins in the Barclays Premier League we want to make that three, but to do that we have to be at our best."


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