Riley urged to build on start

BY foxsports • November 18, 2011

The 20-year-old right-back had a debut to remember in the 5-0 victory over Stoke two weeks ago, earning a standing ovation from the Reebok Stadium crowd when he was substituted late on. That performance has ensured he will retain his place for Saturday's trip to West Brom, where another win would be enough to lift the Trotters out of the bottom three. Bringing through players from Bolton's academy is something Coyle is very keen to do, and he is confident others will follow in Riley's footsteps. The Trotters boss said: "He did himself a power of good in the Stoke City game and I've always said if players do well for me then they'll get that opportunity again. "It's a boost for everybody at the football club, particularly the academy because they've worked hard. We're desperate to get our own young players coming through, and there's two or three others - Josh Vela, Adam Blakeman, Michael O'Halloran, Rob Lainton - Joe's not alone. "We think there's a number of them that can have big careers and it's a question of bringing them in at the right time. "Joe was ready to play, he got his opportunity and what he has to do now is kick on from that and not think he's arrived because he's played one good game. He's got to do that consistently, but it's great to see." The thumping of Stoke lifted the pressure off Coyle's shoulders temporarily but he knows it will be straight back on should they lose to West Brom, who sit four places and two points ahead of them. "West Brom are a very good side led by a fantastic manager so we know we're in for a tough afternoon, but we also know we have good players and a very good team, and we have to go and show that and look to win the three points," said Coyle. "At the moment they're above us in the league so we have an opportunity to leapfrog them. The onus is on us following on from the Stoke game." Coyle hailed the job done by his opposite number tomorrow, Roy Hodgson, who guided the Baggies to safety last season after a brief and difficult time at Liverpool. The Scot said: "He's a top-class manager and if he had been afforded more time at Liverpool then I'm sure he would have been a success but the nature of our jobs, people expect an instant return, particularly at the elite clubs. "All credit to Roy, having had the disappointment of leaving Liverpool, he's bounced back quickly at West Brom and did a magnificent job last season when everybody thought they were going down, he sorted that out and he's continued that improvement. "The great thing about Roy Hodgson, outside his football abilities, is he's a fantastic man and somebody I've got a lot of time for." Injuries continue to hamper Coyle's efforts, and Bolton will be without Ricardo Gardner tomorrow after he picked up a knock. There is some light on the horizon, though, with Marcos Alonso almost ready for a return from a broken foot while defender Dedryck Boyata is about a fortnight away as he continues his recovery from an ankle problem. Coyle said: "It's certainly looking a bit better, although we still haven't got many back playing yet. Hopefully it won't be too far away, which augurs well for the rest of the season." Tyrone Mears, Stuart Holden, Sean Davis and Lee Chung-yong remain long-term absentees but Sam Ricketts has resumed light training after nine months out with a ruptured Achilles tendon. "Sam's back in training but he's still well away from being ready to play any games, but it's great that he is improving," said Coyle. "It's been a long time and he's a player we've missed."


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