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.”