Davies eyes Bolton response
The Trotters slumped to only their fourth league loss of the season when going down narrowly 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Skipper Davies believes such is the enthusiasm instilled by Coyle, the Bolton dressing room is always the same on a Monday morning whether they have won or lost. But they must now put the disappointing defeat behind them and focus on getting back on track against West Brom at the Reebok on Boxing Day. He told the Daily Mirror: "The manager is a very infectious character and wants players to have a smile on their face. "He has great enthusiasm and it rubs off on other people. He demands a lot from his players but he wants them to enjoy themselves and express themselves when they play and work. "It is difficult in football to keep 25 grown men happy. No one is happy when they miss out but he has a knack of keeping everyone happy. "You see it in games when the subs come on and they are given a chance to make an impression. "When we come in on a Monday morning - and it will be the same this week - you can never tell whether we have won or lost. "This one is a difficult one to take. We have only really lost to the big teams but we will get back together and get ready for West Brom on Boxing Day. "The fact we are disappointed with this defeat shows how far we have come under Owen and now we have to bounce back." Davies revealed Coyle joins in squad competitions, including table tennis, to help build spirit. He added: "I do not play table tennis very often. I got spanked a couple of times by him. He is a very competitive guy. He does not like losing at anything. "It is great that he can have that sort of relationship with his players. There are no cliques. "Everyone gets involved and it is the same in training with little competitions and stuff like that. It is a great place to be and go to work at. "The way he runs things is right up there with the best I have known."