Trotters boss looking for cup joy

13 February 2010 01:02
Coyle's predecessor Gary Megson and even the popular former manager Sam Allardyce both earned criticism from fans for fielding under-strength sides in cup competitions.[LNB]With Wanderers now embroiled in the Barclays Premier League relegation fight, Coyle could probably be excused for adopting a similar approach but he feels a good run would be advantageous.[LNB]Bolton, who have not won the FA Cup since 1958, host Tottenham in an all Premier League fifth-round tie at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow.[LNB]Coyle said: "For me it is the best club competition in world football and in any competition you enter you want to do your best.[LNB]"I believe we have got an opportunity to reach the last eight and if we can do that, who knows what the draw holds?[LNB]"It is a real opportunity to win a football match - against a quality side and one we are looking forward to. We are raring to go.[LNB]"I think there is a freshness because it is a cup competition and not one of the weekly Premier League games and what they bring.[LNB]"For me there is an energy about the cup. It is an opportunity for a bit of prestige, a bit of glamour and obviously the finances that goes with it.[LNB]"When all is said and done, we came into the job because the club is in a dangerous position in the bottom three.[LNB]"But equally, nothing breeds confidence more than winning matches. We recognise we are playing a good side but you want to be winning games and scoring goals.[LNB]"If you can do that against a the quality of Tottenham Hotspur, I think that would give everybody a big boost.[LNB]"We want to reach the last eight and do the fans justice."[LNB]However, Coyle admits he intends to make a few alterations to his side to protect a few unspecified injuries.[LNB]Loan signings Vladimir Weiss and Jack Wilshere are also cup-tied having played for Manchester City and Arsenal respectively earlier in the competition.[LNB]Coyle added: "There will be a few changes, we do have a number of knocks I wouldn't want to aggravate.[LNB]"But whoever wears that shirt will be a quality player and will be doing their utmost to stay in the team and win the game."[LNB]Bolton are 19th in the Premier League having only beaten Coyle's former club Burnley in the six matches since he took charge last month.[LNB]The FA Cup fourth-round defeat of Championship side Sheffield United is Coyle's only other victory.[LNB]Yet Coyle is generally happy with the performances of his players and feels they have been unlucky not to pick up more points.[LNB]The fixtures have been unkind with two games against Arsenal and trips to Liverpool and Manchester City, while some key decisions have also gone against them.[LNB]The most notable was a disallowed winner in last week's draw against Fulham and Coyle also felt his men were denied a penalty in the midweek loss at Eastlands.[LNB]He said: "The little bitty fouls on the halfway line you recognise can go either way and in the big scheme of things I don't think they amount to match-changing decisions.[LNB]"But the ones in and around the box, they are the ones that are so important the referees do try to get right.[LNB]"They are full-time referees, they are well paid for what they do so we are only asking for that level of consistency against us to get the big decisions right."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk