Stuart Holden called back from loan spell
WANDERERS have called Stuart Holden back from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday today to add extra impetus to their play-off push.
Saturday's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough puts them back into the top six, a point ahead of Leicester City, with two games to play.
And Dougie Freedman has turned down the Owls’ request to keep the US international on until the end of the season in order to bring him back into the Reebok fold.
Wednesday boss Dave Jones pulled Holden, pictured, out of his starting line-up against Ipswich at Wanderers' request and said after the game.
“Bolton are in a play-off spot, they have one or two injuries, and they want him back.
“He’s got better and stronger as his loan has gone on and I would like to thank him for his services and wish him the very best for the future.”
Chris Eagles’ 10th goal of the season and a Marvin Sordell penalty – his eighth goal of the campaign – proved the difference against Boro.
It was an eighth consecutive Reebok win, which represents the best home run for 20 years, and gives the Whites a one-point cushion on Leicester in seventh.
Victory in the final two games against now-crowned champions Cardiff City and Blackpool would guarantee a crack at the play-offs.
“It’s in our hands and we’re working hard,” smiled Freedman. “This spirit is getting stronger and stronger. Everyone is showing that intent and willingness. “We’ve hit the play-offs not through fantastic play but through sheer will.
“No-one else in that top six has got that kind of momentum now.”
Eagles moved into double figures with a cross-shot five minutes into the second half – just a couple of days after a report claimed he “wanted out” at the Reebok, linking him with a move to next weekend's opponents, Cardiff.
Freedman admits he has had to reel in the winger during an inconsistent spell but believes he is now starting to come into his own at a vital time for the football club.
“I'm not going to sit and comment on young guys – or older ones – tweeting that Chris Eagles wants to go,” joked Freedman.
“I think Chris is that sort of guy. When I first came to the club I said he'd be a real match-winner for the club. Yes, he's had his ups and downs and been criticised – and it's been unfair from many different departments, which I am not very comfortable with.
“I've got a good relationship with him and if anything I have had to pull him away from training and from matches to put him on the bench.
“People say 'what are you doing?' but for me, Chris Eagles is a key – not the only one – but he will play a big part in our success.”