Coyle slams suggestions Bolton captain Davies isn”t needed after Ewood Park snub
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has denied Kevin Davies is excluded from his plans for Boxing Day”s Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle after the Wanderers captain missed out in Tuesday”s 2-1 win over Blackburn.
The striker started the game on the bench but was not called upon during the match at Ewood Park, with Coyle instead choosing a strike partnership of Ivan Klasnic and David Ngog.
Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker”s first-half goals were enough to seal the win which lifted Bolton off the foot of the table, with the Trotters now focussing on back-to-back home games during the festive period.
Still needed: Bolton captain Kevin Davies will continue to play a key role at the club, according to manager Owen Coyle
Newcastle the first to visit the Reebok Stadium on Boxing Day before Wolves arrive on New Year”s Eve, but Coyle says nothing should be read into the fact Davies was left out of the starting line-up in midweek.
“What we did was make a number of changes, it wasn”t just one change,” Coyle said. “We do that from game to game because the bottom line is, when you”re not winning matches, as we hoped we would be, you”ve got to change things where you can.
“For his part the skipper”s been magnificent. He”s an outstanding player, he”s an outstanding man and he loves the football club and I think if truth be told he”s been trying too hard.
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“As captain he takes that responsibility on board and is a terrific ambassador for this football club and an outstanding player. He”s got a big role to play at this football club.
“We made the decision the other night and whether we look to change it for Newcastle time will tell, but I certainly can”t reveal too much and give Alan Pardew too much information.”
Bolton displayed a much-improved performance during the first 45 minutes against Rovers and Coyle has called for his team to use the win as a platform to deliver more points at the Reebok.
The Trotters have only won once at home in the league so far this season, a 5-0 thrashing of Stoke on November 5, but Coyle had plenty to be cheerful about following the Blackburn match.
“From the first whistle, we were terrific,” he said. “In the first half our passing was incisive and cut them open. When we came out [in the second half] our passing wasn”t to the same standard.
“When we pass and move the ball well we”ve shown we can score goals and that”s what we”ve got to focus on for the entirety of a match.
“Equally so, our fans for their part have been magnificent from day one. That”s testament to what we want to do but it”s time for us as a group of players to show the fans and thank them for their loyalty and put a smile on their face in the Christmas and New Year period.
“What we have to do now is kick on and win our home games to come.
“We have a group that are determined to do their very best for Bolton Wanderers. The games come thick and fast and you”ve got to make sure you”re ready to deliver on that pitch.
“The bottom line is on Boxing Day you have to be ready to give a big performance.”