Coyle threatens major shake-up

On a high after winning last week’s crunch game with Blackburn and

facing a team on a run of only two points from six games, it looked

like a great opportunity for the struggling Trotters. But instead

two careless bits of play in defence in as many minutes in the

second half condemned them to a 2-0 loss at the Reebok Stadium,

leaving Coyle exasperated. An injury crisis has not helped Bolton’s

cause but, with Sam Ricketts and Sean Davis almost back to fitness

and others set to follow, as well as several young players waiting

in the wings, Coyle could shuffle his pack for Saturday’s clash

with Wolves. The Scot said: “There’s one or two I’ve tried to play

through, we’ve chopped and changed, tried to give it a bit of

freshness. “But there comes a point when, if we’re getting one or

two back from injury, or if some of the kids are ready, then so be

it, because I’m not going to stand and watch the same mistakes

costing us every week.” Coyle confirmed last week that talks had

begun with Chelsea over the possible transfer of defender Gary

Cahill, which would provide funds for much-needed reinforcements.

“If Gary’s situation means that comes to fruition and we can juggle

one or two balls, then so be it, but that’s for January,” added

Coyle. The chief frustration for the Trotters boss yesterday was

the manner of the defeat, with Chris Eagles and Paul Robinson being

heavily punished for careless play leading to goals from Hatem Ben

Arfa and Demba Ba in the 69th and 71st minutes. Saturday’s meeting

with fellow strugglers Wolves at the Reebok Stadium now has even

greater significance, and Coyle wants his players to seize the

moment. He said: “It’s frustrating because we’ve let a great

opportunity pass us by in terms of getting back-to-back wins.

“That’s being very respectful of the quality Newcastle have but

we’re at home, we had a terrific record here last year and we’ve

let ourselves down again. “A win would have put us in amongst five

or six teams and it would have been very interesting. Going into

the Wolves game on Saturday, that’s our biggest game of the season

absolutely and we have to make sure that we’re ready. “In spells

there was a lot to be pleased about but it’s got to be for the

entirety of the match. The two goals are self-inflicted and that’s

hard to take. “I can always accept if a team is better because

they’ve got world-class players and everything else, but when you

shoot yourselves in the foot as we did, it leaves a bad taste in

your mouth. “The era I played in, people stood up to be counted,

and we’ve not done it well enough. You do one of two things in

life, you either feel sorry for yourself or you stand up and say,

‘I’m the guy who can change it. I’ll work hard, I’ll do my bit’,

and that’s what we need to do. “It’s horrible, it’s not a nice

feeling, particularly as a manager. But we do know we can change

it, and change it quickly, but to do that we need everyone to give

a big performance against Wolves.” For Newcastle boss Alan Pardew,

there was relief at seeing their poor run come to an end. Ben

Arfa’s first goal for more than a year and Ba’s 14th of the season

stole the headlines but Pardew singled out winger Gabriel Obertan –

who set up the second goal – for praise. The 22-year-old has had

mixed reviews since joining the club from Manchester United in the

summer, and Pardew said: “He’s a young player. He’s a player the

crowd know can lift people off their seats. “Sometimes you want it

too much. He has to play for the team and he did. He nearly scored

with a good bit of individual flair and then he created the winning

goal so I’m pleased for him.”