Coyle: Home form can keep us up

A 4-0 thrashing of their near-neighbours stretched the Trotters’

unbeaten home run to six games in all competitions in the process

easing their relegation worries following a storming second-half

display. Kevin Davies, Fabrice Muamba and substitute Matt Taylor

all found the target following the break after Johan Elmander had

made the breakthrough in the 10th minute. With matches to come in

quick succession against Everton, Manchester United, Aston Villa

and Chelsea, Coyle knew it was imperative they got points on the

board today. He said: “When I took the job I believed I could keep

Bolton in the league. The short-term aim was to do that. We have

taken a step along that road. “It was all about getting the three

points. To get it on the back of an accomplished performance was

terrific. “I thought the players desire and their hunger to get

about the game, the quality they showed at times was very pleasing.

“I pride myself on making sure we have a terrific home record. In

my tenure here we have lost one game and that was against Arsenal

in my first match. “This was a massive victory and gives us a bit

of breathing space. That is all it does. We now have to focus on

the games coming up and go and earn points.” It was Muamba’s first

goal for the club since arriving in the summer of 2008 from

Birmingham and Coyle is pleased with the way the 21-year-old is

progressing. Coyle said: “I thought the quality of the goal was

outstanding, the stepover and then the finish. My only concern was

when he started running towards me. “I thought surely he is not

going to jump me, knowing my physique. I managed to cope with that

all right. I was so delighted for him. “I have tried to encourage

him to be positive and bring all the qualities he has. He has been

outstanding for me since I came here. There is so much scope for

him. “He is a young English player which is brilliant and he is

getting better and better.” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was

stunned at his side’s lacklustre display, which came in the wake of

a superb victory against Liverpool. But the Spaniard felt that Hugo

Rodallega should have been awarded a penalty before Bolton scored,

and that the one awarded to the home side, which saw Davies slot

home from the spot, following Gary Caldwell’s challenge on Tamir

Cohen was harsh. Martinez said: “It was a huge, huge shock because

the nature of the goals were really soft. That is the top and

bottom. “You can’t win football games if you concede the nature of

the goals we did. I felt that once the first goal went in it was a

big ask. “The game went away from us and got harder and we looked a

little bit mentally drained. Maybe the Monday performance affected

us that way. “I felt there two key moments in the game. The

possible penalty in the first half we did not get for the foul on

Rodallega and the one in the second half. “Zat Knight didn’t get

the ball and Hugo would not go down like that when he could have

shot at goal. “You look at the penalty Bolton got and the one we

didn’t get, there was an inconsistency.”