Coyle delighted by Jaaskelainen form

Jaaskelainen goes into the game on the back of three shut-outs in

his last five top-flight games – a remarkable turnaround in fortune

for him after Bolton’s defensive woes in the first half of the

season. Jaaskelainen kept another clean sheet in the draw against

Wigan in midweek and Coyle is delighted with the veteran’s form.

“He has been a top-class goalkeeper all his days and still is. He

has a big role to play at this club, ” he said. “Defending is a

team game but if the players are breached they know there is a

top-class ‘keeper to make saves. “The shut-outs are pleasing but

equally we have to take our chances at the other end. It is a case

of putting those two things together.” Coyle could get a lift with

the possible return of Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic. The

30-year-old, who has scored six goals this season after arriving on

loan from Nantes, is on the mend after a calf injury. He last

appeared in Bolton’s only win under Coyle and that was against the

manager’s former club Burnley last month. Coyle said: “Klasnic has

not trained with the group yet but he may join in today. If he does

I will have to look at that. “What I can’t do is take a chance with

him and have him miss another two or three weeks because he is a

natural goalscorer. He will be important for us in the run-in.”

Bolton have won just one league game in seven since Coyle arrived

but he is convinced they can move out of trouble. He said: “It is

so tight at the foot of the table and a real battle. There is

hardly a coat of paint between a number of clubs. “You have to

believe in what you are doing and in the players you have. They

have shown they can go toe to toe with some of the best teams in

the country. “We are coming up against a very good Blackburn side,

with a terrific home record. But want to go there and put our own

stamp on the match.”