Wednesday 25 April 2012
Bolton midfielder Chris Eagles has expressed pride at the resilience of his side after Wanderers came from behind to record a crucial Barclays Premier League win over Aston Villa.
The 26-year-old produced an impressive performance at Villa Park on Tuesday to help his side claim a 2-1 triumph which could prove vital in their battle to avoid relegation.
Bolton, who have just been on a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, had gone behind to a Stephen Warnock goal on the hour but within three minutes they were ahead through a Martin Petrov penalty and a David Ngog strike.
Wanderers are now one point from safety with a match in hand while the result also increases the relegation pressure on Villa, who are only three points above the drop zone with three fixtures left to play.
"The performance showed our team spirit and that our trip to Dubai has worked and has brought everyone together," Eagles told the club's official website.
"We've put the pressure on the teams above us and we have still got another game in hand.
"The game against Aston Villa was about was not necessarily playing well but winning, but we have come here and done both.
"It was a real team effort, right from Adam [Bogdan] in goal to the skipper [Kevin Davies], who did brilliantly when he came on.
"He gave us that strength up front and caused their defenders a lot of problems, like Emile Heskey did to us in the first half."
"We've got no reason to be scared of anyone"
- Chris Eagles
Bolton have won four of their last seven matches and now they travel to the Stadium of Light for Saturday's clash against Sunderland.
And although Eagles is impressed with his side's recent form, he knows that there is still a lot of work still to do.
"We've got a few wins under our belts in the last month or two, but that shows the quality that we have here," he added. "We've got ourselves in a position to kick-on now.
"For a lot of the players, it's our first season together and we've shown that we can beat the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa.
"We've got no reason to be scared of anyone. It's going to be tough going to Sunderland because they have done very well, but we've got the confidence now and if we play like we did against Aston Villa we have a good chance of getting another three points."