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Euro focus for Allardyce
02 Apr 2007 - 12:31:05
Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce has urged his players to build on the 1-0 win over Sheffield United and secure a top-six finish and a European place for next season.
Kevin Davies' late strike kept the Trotters in fifth place and on course for at least a UEFA Cup spot with just a handful of games to go.
Allardyce told the Evening News: "With seven games to go we've finally got on to 50 points.
"Our best ever total was 58, so that's the first barrier we have to beat and, hopefully, we'll get to the 60-point mark and then beyond that if possible.
"We've never been out of the top six all season and to fall out now, at the death, would be a crushing blow.
"The aim is to sustain our position and make sure we qualify for the UEFA Cup and this has gone a long way to doing that.
"Having nothing else to go for other than the Premiership, we should have kept the pressure on the top four longer than we did, but we haven't managed to do that.
"The aim now is to make sure we are in this position when the final whistle blows in May."