Trotters boss relishing Tottenham test

05 November 2010 02:20
Owen Coyle believes his Bolton boys can test Tottenham to the full despite the visitors' stunning victory over European champions Inter Milan.

Coyle is anxious for Bolton to bounce back after only their second league defeat of the season, a 1-0 home loss to Liverpool.

Tottenham beat Rafael Benitez's side 3-1 at White Hart Lane on Tuesday and will travel to the Reebok Stadium full of confidence.

But Coyle is convinced his team is up for the fight and will give a better show than the Italians.

He said: "Our performance against Liverpool was of a high standard. The disappointment was in losing the game so late.

"It was not a feeling we have been accustomed to given how well we had been doing.

"We have to pick ourselves up and be ready for Tottenham as they are playing well. They gave an outstanding performance against Inter Milan and all credit to them.

"It is a game we are looking forward to. We need to play our maximum and try and get the three points. We know our capabilities.

"I have a great group of players who work their socks off. They did very little wrong against Liverpool.

"The margins in the league are minimal. There are a lot of very good teams and everyone is doing their best to try to win matches.

"We have to make sure we do not feel sorry for ourselves. It is a great game to do it against a team who gave an outstanding performance in midweek against the champions of Europe."

Coyle could be tempted to name an unchanged side with Matt Taylor retaining his place even though Martin Petrov is available again after a slight hamstring strain.

"Continuity and consistency of selection helps," the Bolton boss added. "Whether we will freshen things up for Saturday time will tell.

"You want selection headaches. That is a good problem for a manager to have."

United States midfielder Stuart Holden believes the Trotters need to take the game to Tottenham from the start.

It is a busy week for Bolton, with a match against Everton to follow on Wednesday at Goodison Park.

Holden said: "Tottenham are a team playing with a lot of confidence, as their result against Inter Milan suggested.

"We will have to make sure that we are up to the challenge right from the first minute.

"Every player knows what they need to do to prepare themselves and be ready for matches and I am no different.

"I've played two games a week plenty of times over in the United States, so I will be ready for the demands.

"The home games are going to be important to us. We were disappointed not only with the loss against Liverpool, but also because we surrendered our impressive record at the Reebok Stadium."

Source: Team_Talk