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Coyle predicts all-out battle at the Reebok

Owen Coyle expects neither Bolton nor Tottenham to hold anything back as they clash in the FA Cup fifth round.

Coyle's Bolton side are in the thick of a relegation battle while Harry Redknapp's Tottenham are pushing for a top-four place in the Premier League.

Yet while both clubs could argue they have more pressing concerns than tomorrow's game, Coyle believes the Reebok Stadium clash will bear all the usual top-flight intensity.

Coyle also insists nothing should be read into the recent results of either team -- Bolton have won just two of seven under their new boss and Redknapp's men were surprised by Mick McCarthy's Wolves in midweek.

"I think we have been playing pretty well," said Coyle. "It is a game we go in to confident, and if we play to our maximum we can win the game.

"I would suggest Tottenham would come out fired up because they have lost an important game.

"They are fighting for that top four spot and have the quality to do that.

"Harry will recognise they are in for a tough game. It has got the makings of a cracking FA Cup tie.

"We have to make sure we are at our best to compete against them."

Coyle, however, has not lost sight of where the Trotters' priorities really lie.

The former Wanderers striker quit Burnley last month to take over at the Reebok after Gary Megson's sacking.

The team are still short of safety in the Premier League, having slipped to 19th after Tuesday's 2-0 loss at Manchester City, but Coyle said: "You have to give balance. When we came into the job, we came in to try to ensure the club remains in the Premier League.

"We know we have some big games coming up in the league -- but they won't be on our mind (tomorrow)."

Bolton are still coming to terms with the loss of key defender Gary Cahill but Coyle has not given up hope that the 24-year-old could return before the end of the season.

Cahill is facing a lengthy lay-off after developing a blood clot in his arm but Coyle insists suggestions he will miss the rest of the campaign are premature.

"I never gave up hope. I said we suspected he would be out for a period of time, a couple of months," said Coyle.

"We'll revisit it in a couple of weeks, have a word with the specialist and see where he is at with it."

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