Coyle stresses importance of winning games in hand

Mon, 23 Apr 15:16:12 2012

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has told his side they must cash in their games in hand to avoid following Wolves into the npower Championship.

Wolves became the first side to lose their Barclays Premier League status after going down 2-0 to Manchester City on Sunday, and the emotional scenes that accompanied their relegation will have weighed heavily on the teams still battling the drop.

Bolton are currently second bottom and four points from safety, but they have five games still to play, while Blackburn, Wigan and QPR all have just three more fixtures. Aston Villa, who are also not clear of danger in 15th, are first up on Tuesday night and Coyle knows it is now or never time.

"Wolves are a fantastic club but sometimes things go against you for whatever reason," he said. "Nobody wants to see what happened to Wolves happen to their own club and if that's an added incentive for us then all well and good.

"For our own part, we have to make sure we are ready to give five big performances and pick up enough points to stay in the league. Everyone knows it is the business end of the season. We have five games as opposed to everyone else's three but one or two of them have picked up points to get them in the bag (already).

"There are six points available from the games in hand. If you told me we'd get six points from those games, you'd do somersaults to get them. We'd have loved to have those points in the bag, but we have the opportunity and we have to maximise that opportunity. The bottom line is that we decide our own fate."


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