Bolton can decide their own Premier League future, says Coyle

Bolton manager Owen Coyle tells his squad to make the most of their games in hand to avoid the drop

Owen Coyle believes Bolton Wanderers can secure their Premier League status if the Trotters capitalise on their games in hand over their relegation rivals, starting with victory over Aston Villa.

Bolton are in 19th place but Coyle’s side can move two points clear of the drop zone if they manage to cash in on their midweek fixtures against Villa on Tuesday night and Tottenham Hotspur on 2 May.

Coyle, who replaced Gary Megson at the Reebok Stadium in 2011, is desperate for Bolton to avoid the same fate as Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were relegated to the Championship after losing 2-0 to Manchester City on Sunday.

“Wolves are a fantastic club but sometimes things go against you for whatever reason,” Coyle 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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