Tuesday 13 December 2011

Knight issues rallying call at Bolton

Defender says players must fight to haul club up Barclays Premier League table

Zat Knight gets in a tackle on Everton's Tim Cahill in the Barclays Premier League

Bolton defender Zat Knight has called on his team-mates to show some fight in a bid to haul the Trotters off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Owen Coyle's men slipped to 20th after a 2-1 defeat at home against Aston Villa on Saturday, their 12th reverse from 15 League matches so far this season.

Bolton have now lost seven out of their eight home matches, the one exception being a 5-0 thumping of Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium on 6th November.

"We need to fight because we don't want to be down there"
- Zat Knight

They face Fulham, Blackburn, Newcastle, Wolves and Everton in the next few weeks, and Knight says they must battle in order to close the five-point gap to 17th and Barclays Premier League safety.

"We have to do better all over the park - in defence, midfield and up front," Knight told the club's official website (bwfc.co.uk). "There's no point doing the work on the training ground and then not putting that into place in games.

"We need to fight because we don't want to be down there. It's still tight down there, but we have to stop saying we can win matches and go out there and get something.

"We have to go out and grind out results, even if it is just starting with a point because that would be a better result than what we have had in our last few games.

"That would give us something to build on and some confidence, but first of all we have to fight. If we are resilient and hard to beat then there is every chance you can win."

Knight says Bolton must concentrate on going back to being a difficult team to play against, or they risk losing a Barclays Premier League status they have enjoyed since 2001-02.

"We conceded two sloppy goals in the first half against Aston Villa," added the former Fulham defender. "We need to get back to the nitty-gritty and be horrible, hard to beat Bolton.

"We need to be a team that others fear and when the time comes to play us that they know they have been in a game. Teams need to play us and work extremely hard for every point."

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Key Points

  • Bolton are bottom of the Barclays Premier League
  • Zat Knight wants players to fight for club's survival
  • Defender urges all areas of the team to improve