Tuesday 20 December 2011

Coyle seeks Bolton boost at Blackburn

Barclays Premier League's bottom two both hoping for a change in fortunes

Owen Coyle's Bolton are looking to bounce back after losing their last five League games

Manager Owen Coyle is hoping Bolton can spark a turnaround in fortunes by beating Blackburn in their Barclays Premier League clash at Ewood Park on Tuesday.

Coyle takes his side to Ewood Park desperate for a win that would see bottom club Bolton leapfrog Blackburn at the foot of the table.

"I think it is fair to say it is a huge game," said Coyle, whose team have lost their last five League games.

"When you are on a disappointing run like we have been on, when those opportunities pass you by the next game becomes greater.

"When I go on the training ground and the players give me a response it gives me a massive boost"
- Steve Kean

"Because of the circumstances of both clubs there is no doubt this is the biggest game of the season - absolutely.

"But we also know it could be the platform and catalyst for us to pick up points and move forward and start moving up the League. It is a great opportunity, as far as I am concerned."

While Bolton have the same squad available as they did for Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Fulham, Blackburn have suffered a setback with the news that defender Scott Dann will be out for six weeks with a groin injury.

Blackburn are already without Dann's fellow defenders Ryan Nelsen, Michel Salgado, Martin Olsson and Gael Givet through injury.

But despite the pressure on both sides, manager Steve Kean has urged his players to enjoy the occasion.

"It's two teams very close to each other going and trying to get the result," said Kean.

"I think the manner in which we've got to approach it is with the expectancy that there's going to be a real edge to the game, but we must all enjoy that and face it up."

Kean added: "I'm not trying to pretend that I don't understand the magnitude of this game. I'm not enjoying where we are in the table.

"But when I go in and look at the players and I go on the training ground and they give me a response - and they're certainly fully behind what we're trying to do - then that gives you a massive boost."

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Key Points

  • Blackburn and Bolton clash at Ewood Park on Tuesday
  • Both teams struggling at the foot of the table
  • Victory for Bolton would see them leapfrog Blackburn