Coyle on on Big Kev’s role

The striker started the midweek win over Blackburn on the bench but
was not called upon during the match at Ewood Park, with Coyle
instead choosing a strike partnership of Ivan Klasnic and David
Ngog. Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker’s first-half goals were
enough to seal the win which lifted Bolton off the foot of the
table, with the Trotters now focussing on back-to-back home games
during the festive period. Newcastle the first to visit the Reebok
Stadium on Boxing Day before Wolves arrive on New Year’s Eve, but
Coyle says nothing should be read into the fact Davies was left out
of the starting line-up in midweek. “What we did was make a number
of changes, it wasn’t just one change,” Coyle said. “We do that
from game to game because the bottom line is, when you’re not
winning matches, as we hoped we would be, you’ve got to change
things where you can. “For his part the skipper’s been magnificent.
He’s an outstanding player, he’s an outstanding man and he loves
the football club and I think if truth be told he’s been trying too
hard. “As captain he takes that responsibility on board and is a
terrific ambassador for this football club and an outstanding
player. He’s got a big role to play at this football club. “We made
the decision the other night and whether we look to change it for
Newcastle time will tell, but I certainly can’t reveal too much and
give Alan Pardew too much information.” Bolton displayed a
much-improved performance during the first 45 minutes against
Rovers and Coyle has called for his team to use the win as a
platform to deliver more points at the Reebok. The Trotters have
only won once at home in the league so far this season, a 5-0
thrashing of Stoke on November 5, but Coyle had plenty to be
cheerful about following the Blackburn match. “From the first
whistle, we were terrific,” he said. “In the first half our passing
was incisive and cut them open. When we came out [in the second
half] our passing wasn’t to the same standard. “When we pass and
move the ball well we’ve shown we can score goals and that’s what
we’ve got to focus on for the entirety of a match. “Equally so, our
fans for their part have been magnificent from day one. That’s
testament to what we want to do but it’s time for us as a group of
players to show the fans and thank them for their loyalty and put a
smile on their face in the Christmas and New Year period. “What we
have to do now is kick on and win our home games to come. “We have
a group that are determined to do their very best for Bolton
Wanderers. The games come thick and fast and you’ve got to make
sure you’re ready to deliver on that pitch. “The bottom line is on
Boxing Day you have to be ready to give a big performance.”