Two wins from safety – Coyle

Wanderers have hauled themselves out of the relegation zone since

Coyle’s appointment as manager in January and are currently five

points above the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three in 15th

place. A sequence of three wins in four league games saw them move

up to 13th in mid-March, eight points clear of the drop zone, but

since then they have lost four games in a row. It means the team

travel to Stoke on Saturday not yet entirely free of the threat of

relegation and Coyle feels it will take six more points for those

fears to be banished completely. “I think we need two wins,” Coyle

said. “I think everybody would agree – 38 points would guarantee

you being in the Premier League. “The sooner you get that, the

better, and that starts on Saturday. “It will be a tough game –

Stoke have been fantastic and I have the utmost respect for Tony

Pulis. “He has done a magnificent job there, brought some good

players to the football club and has established them now as a

Premier League club. It’s all credit to him.” After Stoke, Bolton

take on Portsmouth, who have been in administration since February

and were finally relegated at the weekend, but also booked their

place in the FA Cup final. Pompey boss Avram Grant then made eight

changes to the team last night against Wigan – and named just four

substitutes – but they still emerged with a point from the DW

Stadium and Coyle is confident the south coast outfit will not be

rolling over for anybody. “I think whoever goes out to play for

their team at this level, you know they are good players,” Coyle

said. “Portsmouth feel that the whole world has been against them

and it was an unbelievable achievement for them to get to the cup

final. “I think in adversity you get strength and there is a bond

there which Avram has tapped into very well. “They have done

terrific with that unified spirit. It doesn’t matter who they

played last night, you knew they were going to give everything for

their cause, and so it proved.”