Wednesday 25 April 2018

Trotters back in trouble

Eleanor Crooks

Bolton manager Owen Coyle does not expect his team to be involved in the Premier League relegation scrap despite their poor start to the season.

The Trotters looked like they had stopped the rot last weekend with victory at Wigan to end a run of six defeats in a row but the home loss against Sunderland left them without a point at the Reebok Stadium after five matches.

An uninspiring match looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Stephane Sessegnon grabbed his first goal of the season eight minutes from time, with Nicklas Bendtner adding the second in injury time.

Bolton can certainly claim their fixture list as a mitigating factor having played five of the big six already, and Coyle is confident their stay in the bottom three is only a temporary one.

"It's not bravery or being naive or anything else," said Coyle. "The bottom line is wherever we sit just now is certainly not where I want to be as Bolton Wanderers manager, [while] accepting it's been for a number of reasons.

"Because of that start these games take on extra significance because of the stigma involved in being in the bottom three, you want to be out of there and moving up."

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