No more excuses, we must stand up and be counted, cries Bolton's Reo-Coker
21:30 GMT, 22 April 2012
Nigel Reo-Coker returns to Villa Park on Tuesday demanding his Bolton team-mates wake up to the nightmare scenario of relegation hanging over the club.
Wanderers did not play like a team desperate to stay in the Barclays Premier League as a draw at home to Swansea was put in perspective by wins elsewhere for fellow strugglers QPR and Blackburn.
Up for the fight: Nigel Reo-Coker has called on his team-mates to perform
‘It’s really time to stand up and be counted, and see the seriousness of it,’ said Reo-Coker. ‘Every game is a cup final. That’s the reality we’re facing.’
Scott Sinclair fired Swansea ahead with a fantastic strike before Chris Eagles converted Martin Petrov’s cross to equalise inside the opening quarter of an hour.
‘You just want your teammates to really step it up now,’ said Reo-Coker. ‘We can’t keep making excuses. This was a game we should have won and the draw feels like a loss.’