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Tuesday 31 January 2012

Knight says Bolton can build momentum

Wanderers defender wants team to build on impressive results during January

Bolton's results have improved during January although they lost at Old Trafford

Bolton defender Zat Knight says the Trotters can build on their recent run of good results to move clear of the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

Wanderers were bottom of the League table at the start of January, but have enjoyed better results during the month with their only defeat coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

They beat Macclesfield and Barclays Premier League rivals Swansea in the FA Cup and enjoyed notable League wins at Everton and over Liverpool at the Reebok - and Knight says the mood is good.

"I've told the boys that we can get four points next week and we'll be more than happy with that"
- Zat Knight

"The boys are confident at the minute. Training has been good, the boys have got a spring in their step and everyone's feeling very confident," he told Bolton's official website.

"I've told the boys that we can get four points next week and we'll be more than happy with that.

"If we can get something against Arsenal [on Wednesday] and then something at Carrow Road [against Norwich] it will put us in good stead for the last 14 games of the season."

But Knight said he was under no illusions about the size of the task facing Bolton as they battle to secure their Barclays Premier League status.

"At the beginning of the season we had a tough run and we are in a tough run again now," he said.

"We've got Arsenal, and then a few weeks later Manchester City and Chelsea.

"They are all starting to fight for the Champions League spots and the points are vital for them as well as they are for us.

"We just have to stay focused. We're one point above the relegation zone at the moment so we're out of the bottom three and it's the first time we've been out of it in a long time.

"We have to stick to what we have been doing and not get beside ourselves."

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Key Points

  • Defender Knight tips Bolton to climb table
  • Wanderers have lost just once during January
  • Tough matches against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea looming