Coyle: More to come from Trotters

These remain early days, both this season and in terms of Coyle’s

reign as he has only been in charge for just over nine months. But

Saturday’s 2-1 injury-time win over Stoke has elevated Bolton to

seventh in the Barclays Premier League, just three points behind

second-placed Arsenal. It is clear Coyle has turned Bolton into a

far more difficult team to beat these days, as one loss from their

opening eight matches testifies. The Scot can have no complaints

but he knows there is more to come from a group of players

undoubtedly enjoying working with him. “The great thing is we’re

one of the teams in the Barclays Premier League that has spent

little or next to nothing,” said Coyle. “We’ve not spent

£15million or £20million like some other clubs, and of

course we wish we had that available, but we don’t. “So we make the

best of what we’ve got, and we’ve a group of players who are a joy

to work with, they really are. “They come in with a smile on their

face on a daily basis and are prepared to work hard, to take on

board what we are trying to say, the points I’m trying to get

across. “In this game they showed their quality, and long may that

continue, so we’re pleased at this moment, but we’re nowhere near.

“We’re very much a work in progress and we have to continue with

our hard work in each and every game, which presents a different

challenge in what is the best league in the world. “To get the

three points, which are elusive in this league because of the

nature of it and the quality you face, puts us in a nice position,

but that’s all it is. “All the hard work is ahead of us, we know

that, and we’re prepared for it.” Up until a frenetic final few

minutes it appeared Bolton were on course for a fourth successive

draw at the Reebok Stadium this season. In an entertaining game,

Lee Chung-yong’s first club goal for nine months midway through the

first half was cancelled out just three minutes after the restart

when Rory Delap ended a 21-month drought. Both sides then wasted

chances and the game looked set to remain a draw until 77th-minute

substitute Ivan Klasnic latched onto a long throw from Gretar

Steinsson in the second minute of injury time to rifle home the

winner. But Klasnic’s afternoon did not end there as he then

collected two yellow cards in three minutes to earn himself a red

and subsequent dismissal. Although disappointed, it failed to take

the gloss off a fine win for Coyle who added: “It’s great to get

that first home win “It means we’re still unbeaten at home,

although I still believe we should have more points than we do at

this stage. “But we were fully deserving of the three here and

we’re delighted to get them.”