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Coyle wants Bolton threat ended
23 Apr 2010 - 12:47:26
Owen Coyle has urged his Bolton Wanderers players to ensure their Premier League safety with a victory over Portsmouth on Saturday.
The Trotters effectively ended any lingering fears of relegation following a 2-1 win over Stoke City last weekend.
It would take a remarkable turn of events for 14th-placed Wanderers to now be dragged into the dogfight as they are seven points clear of the bottom three.
However, Coyle wants the matter put to bed when an already-relegated Pompey arrive at the Reebok Stadium.
Speaking about the come-from-behind win at Stoke last weekend, Coyle told the club's official website: "It's fair to say that in the first-half we were disappointing and quite poor but after half-time we rolled our sleeves up and played some very good football.
"If we had lost the game and Hull had won twice in their last two games then we would have found ourselves a point behind, so it was a pivotal weekend and all credit to the players for responding the way that they did in the second-half.
"What that does is give us an opportunity to secure our Premier League status this weekend.
"It's in our own hands and we will go out to try and win a game against a very tough and dangerous opponent in Portsmouth.
"We have to make sure we are ready. If we are up for it and are able to get the win then we will have achieved our short-term aim when we came in to the club."