Coyle coping with expectations

BY foxsports • November 17, 2011

However, he is not about to start complaining when the heat comes his way. Having been lauded for his work at the Reebok Stadium since succeeding Gary Megson in January 2010 and linked with some of England's top jobs, Coyle has found his own position under scrutiny after a poor start to the 2011-12 season. A run of eight defeats from nine Premier League games saw the Trotters mired in the bottom three, and a raft of injuries coupled with some difficult fixtures did not stop the vultures circling. They will begin Saturday's clash with West Brom still in the relegation zone, but the pressure on Coyle has certainly been eased by a 5-0 victory over Stoke prior to the international break. The former Burnley and St Johnstone boss said: "People can reel off the stats but one win could take us into 11th position, so it shows you how tight it is. All we can do is focus on our job and look to win games. If we do that then we'll continue to move up the league. "I've been very fortunate in my seven years in management that where I've been I've had relative success. With that comes expectation, and there's nothing wrong with that. "We were outstanding last season with our level of performance so you want to build on that. "Sometimes there's uncontrollables that go against you, certainly the serious injuries we've had and the run of fixtures didn't help us, but you've got to come through that and we're more than capable of doing that. "What we have to do is perform on a consistent basis, and if we do that we'll meet the expectations that everybody has for us." After the joy and relief of the Stoke result, which neatly reversed the FA Cup semi-final defeat against the Potters last season that signalled the start of Bolton's slump, the last thing they wanted was a two-week break for internationals. But Coyle is confident his side can continue their improvement at The Hawthorns this weekend, and he said: "We know when the international breaks are coming so there was no problem with that, and I would hope you get us the same way every time, upbeat and vibrant and looking forward to our football. "We now go to another big game against West Brom looking to replicate the performance we showed against Stoke. "It was a much-needed and valued three points, and level of performance, and that's what we have to do. We have to transmit our training performances into the matches, and if we do that we've shown we can win games and win points and move up the league."

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