Coyle relishing 'huge, huge game' at Wolves and fight to the finish
21:38 GMT, 30 March 2012
Their minds have been elsewhere for
the past fortnight, but Owen Coyle insists his Bolton players are
thinking of nothing other than bolstering their Barclays Premier League
survival prospects at Wolves' expense at Molineux on Saturday.
Two weeks on from Fabrice Muamba's
collapse at White Hart Lane, his recovery has been such that his
team-mates have been able to banish any emotional distractions and train
their attention on keeping relegation rivals Wolves at the foot of the
Up for the fight: Coyle insists Bolton will overcome mental tiredness
It is a mindset Coyle will demand for the rest of the season after predicting a fight to the finish to avoid the drop.
'We have had two emotionally-charged games, but I can tell you the players will be doing it for themselves and the club they are representing when they step out against Wolves,' said the Bolton manager.
'There is no doubt that what happened to Fabrice, and all the aftermath, has taken a toll on the players, mentally and physically.
'But they know what is at stake at Molineux. They know the importance of the game, and with that in mind, I've a feeling Saturday will take care of itself. In terms of staying up, this is a huge, huge game. For us, it is an opportunity to open up a seven-point gap on Wolves, with a game in hand.
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'We go there in good fettle, in terms of confidence and the football we have been playing after back-to-back wins, but I don't think it will be the end for Wolves if we win.
'Far from it. We have seen what momentum can do for you, and while it would be a massive three points for us, I believe the battle to remain in this division is going to go all the way.
'I honestly think it will only be decided on the final day. It is going to be a fight to the finish, and that's why we love this league so much and consider it the best in the world.'