Taylor targets Reebok response

The Trotters saw their FA Cup dreams go up in smoke last weekend,

with a crushing 5-0 defeat to Stoke sending them crashing out at

the semi-final stage. Such a demoralising defeat could have far

reaching consequences, with the club looking to wrap up a top-half

finish in the Premier League. Taylor acknowledges that they cannot

afford to be that bad again in their remaining fixtures of the

2010/11 campaign and is hoping a home date with Arsenal on Sunday

will see Owen Coyle’s men to restore some much-needed confidence.

He said in the Sunday Mirror: “We were devastated by what happened

at Wembley, but we’ve come back in this week and tried to focus on

another big game for the club. That’s the great thing about

football. “We didn’t do ourselves any justice last week, but seven

days later we’ve got a chance to get that experience out of the

system. “Arsenal at home is a great game for us. Our form at the

Reebok has been fantastic and if we win this one, then people will

be talking about Bolton beating Arsenal rather than Bolton losing

to Stoke City. “If we feel sorry for ourselves against Arsenal,

then we will be in big trouble.” Sunday’s encounter will pitch

Bolton into direct competition with a man they know well from a

loan spell last season – Gunners starlet Jack Wilshere. Taylor

admits the teenager made a big impression with the Trotters last

season and knows he will pose a considerable threat to Bolton this

weekend. He said: “The first thing I noticed about Jack when he

came here was just how comfortable he is on the ball. “You can give

him the ball in tight situations, in fact he demands you give it to

him, and he has the confidence in his own talent to get himself

free. “Having said that, Jack announced himself here by going into

a full-blooded challenge with Kevin Davies in his first training

session. “He is a terrific player. Everyone knows that he’s a

technically excellent player with a great first touch, but what I

like about him is the fact that he’s got a nasty streak in him as

well. You could see that competitive edge he has when Arsenal

played Spurs the other night. “It’s something we were aware of when

he was at Bolton last season, but now he’s playing regularly with a

top team like Arsenal there is even more confidence in him. “You

have to have that steel about you if you are to succeed in the

modern game and Jack has got it in abundance. “He plays with no

fear whatsoever. His success with Arsenal and with England has

taken him up another level and it’s clear that he will be an

absolute stalwart for club and country over the years. “I’m just

hoping we can shackle him, because we need to put in a big

performance ourselves.”