Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle believes it is time for the talking to stop and for his players to deliver, starting with Tuesday’s crunch clash against Blackburn (Blackburn Evens, Bolton 11/4, draw 5/2 Match Prices).
Wanderers head into their final game before Christmas rock bottom of the Premier League with just nine points from 16 games played and defeat to Steve Kean’s fellow strugglers could be the final nail in the coffin for both the club and Coyle’s time in charge.
Bolton have been terrible at home, with one win and seven defeats at the Reebok Stadium, while things have not been that much better away, with two victories and six losses (Bolton 8/13 To Be Relegated).
The one positive thing for the Trotters is that they are playing a team with an equally woeful record and will head to Ewood Park to try and become the seventh club to come away with the spoils this term.
Coyle admits that he has been baffled by the results his side have achieved this season and wants his men to stand up and be counted on Tuesday night to begin the process of turning things around.
“Even given the circumstances with injuries and suspensions I don’t think anyone would have envisaged the points return we would have from the games we have played,” he said.
“We are not looking for excuses and the bottom line is we have to change it and we are the only ones who can do that.”
Following the Blackburn match, the north west outfit have ‘winnable’ games against Newcastle, Wolves and Everton, but Coyle prefers to live in the present and wants to start seeing immediate improvements.
“The talking has to stop and we have to go and deliver on the pitch and we have players capable of winning the game,” he added.