Grant demands positive attitude

BY foxsports • April 10, 2011

Two goals from on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge and one from Lee Chung-yong handed Bolton an emphatic 3-0 victory at the Reebok Stadium. Grant watched from the stand as he started a touchline ban and looked disconsolate as his team were dismantled. However he insisted: "I believe we can stay in this league. It is not every day you see our team perform as badly as they did in the first half. "We have shown in the past we know how to recover and I am sure we will do so again in the last six games." Grant's cause will not be help that his players are arguing among themselves and he has promised to look into a spat between goalkeeper Robert Green and Mark Noble. Grant said: "I do not know about it. I need to speak them. At half-time all we spoke about was trying to change the game." The manager is also facing up to the prospect of Carlton Cole being banned. The striker was on Friday charged with improper conduct by the FA for comments made on Twitter during England's friendly with Ghana. Grant said: "I think the FA are in fighting spirit. They are charging everyone. I do not know what has happened there." Bolton took the lead in the 14th minute with a superb strike by Sturridge after he was set up by Johan Elmander. Sturridge carved an opening for himself out of nothing before curling a shot beyond Green and into the corner. Kevin Davies should have added a second in the 18th minute but dragged his effort wide but a minute later Bolton forged 2-0 ahead. West Ham failed to close down Martin Petrov and he swung in a cross that was headed firmly home by Lee. Sturridge made it six goals in eight appearances in the 51st minute when he drifted in from the left and got the better of Scott Parker on the edge of the area before steering a shot beyond Green. West Ham skipper Matthew Upson came off with a cut to his head while Parker also limped off to complete a miserable day. Grant said: "The first goal affected us and we lost every battle in the first half. We were better in the second half but then they scored again and it became difficult for us. "We did create a lot of chances but failed to score, it was one of those days." The victory was just the boost Bolton manager Owen Coyle was looking for ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Stoke next weekend. He said: "We wanted to put pressure on Liverpool and Everton and the performance was outstanding. "When you get the three points on the back of a performance like that it is very pleasing for everyone. "We have been outstanding at home, very positive, and this result means we go into a massive game next week in good spirits. "I always believed Daniel could play in the Premier League and he is enjoying being at the club." Sturridge will miss the FA Cup semi-final as he is ineligible after playing for Chelsea earlier in the competition.


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