Coyle calls for improved discipline

Fri, 02 Dec 13:28:47 2011

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has called on his players to stamp out the ill-discipline that has blighted their Barclays Premier League campaign.

For the fourth time this season Wanderers had a player sent off last weekend when David Wheater saw red against Everton.

Each match in which Bolton have gone a man down has ended in defeat and Coyle believes improved decision-making on the pitch will see them pull clear of the relegation zone.

"Sometimes there are uncontrollables that, as a manager, you can't do anything about," Coyle said. "It is important we keep 11 on the park. You can train all week and prepare players but when it comes to an individual decision they have to have that self-discipline to make sure we have everyone available.

"What is important, and what I have stressed to the players, is the decision-making has to be spot-on. The speed and the intensity the game is played at means you have a millisecond to make a decision. The margins in our league are so fine and unfortunately for us we have come out the wrong side of that for a number of reasons - going down to 10 men every second week hasn't helped us.

"We don't plan to play a game with 10 men and that is where the individuals concerned have to recognise their self-discipline in making sure they make the right decision at the right time."


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