Six-game stretch so vital - Coyle

BY foxsports • February 16, 2010

First up are Wigan on Wednesday at the DW Stadium, and that match is followed by a run of key league fixtures. Bolton face Blackburn, Wolves, West Ham, Sunderland and Wigan again before March is out and Coyle knows it is an important spell in their bid to avoid relegation to the Championship. He said: "No matter who you play in this league you want to pick up points. "However, this is a group of games with teams in and around us. It is up to us to try and maximise these opportunities. "Nobody is going to hand it to us. We are going to have to be at our very best to get our rewards." Coyle expects a rough ride against an inconsistent Wigan side. He said: "It is a massive game for both clubs, no doubt. No-one likes being in the bottom three. It is up to ourselves to get out of it. "Roberto Martinez has a team that likes to pass and move the ball. They are a good side with some big powerful players as well. "But we have the opportunity to leap up the table and that is what we are aiming to do." Bolton go into the match on the back of a draw with Tottenham in the FA Cup and Coyle wants his players to start punishing their opponents. He said: "We have to be more clinical as we are creating a lot of chances. If we do that it will result in some very good days. "We played well for an hour against Tottenham but the last half hour belonged to them, so there are areas we can improve on." Coyle, meanwhile has been encouraged by Gary Cahill's progress after the defender suffered a blood clot in his left arm. Cahill's hopes of making England's World Cup squad hang in the balance and he will be out for a number of months at least. However, Coyle has not given up hope of seeing him in a Bolton shirt before the end of the season and is looking for more improvement in a fortnight. He said: "Gary will meet with a top specialist in a couple of weeks and we will take it from there. "I saw him yesterday and he is in a good place mentally at the moment. He has been assured the clot has dissolved and everything else that goes with that. "It is always nice when you can see someone and have a chat with them face to face. My primary concern was that he was going to be okay because he is a top man. "Gary has thought everything through and he knows he is going to be fine. Ultimately when he gets the green light he will be energised and will be able to resume his career. There is no doubt he is going to have a wonderful career."


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