Sheffield Wednesday star Giles Coke says Bolton Wanderers shouldn't be at the bottom
ONCE a petulant Owls outcast, now more a midfield lynchpin, Giles Coke says he is all grown up these days.
Bury fans may well remember the 27-year-old’s infamous shoving contest with Stephen Schumacher over who would take a penalty against Yeovil Town – but those of a Wanderers persuasion will have only crossed his path once... and the less said about that, the better.
Coke was Northampton Town’s man of the match when they knocked Gary Megson’s men out of the League Cup at the Reebok in 2008.
Since then, the talented but unpredictable playmaker’s career path has seen him move from Scotland to Sheffield via loan spells at Gigg Lane and Swindon.
Now settled and very much a part of the midfield under Dave Jones, Coke believes he is ready to settle down.
“I’ve been here four years and I’ve loved it,” he said. “There was a spell where I went out on loan a lot and was out of the picture. But I’ve come back and I never wanted to leave.
“I don’t think any player who ever plays for Sheffield Wednesday wants to leave this club unless you’re going to the Premier League, obviously.
“This club is amazing – a great fan base, and a club that really should be in the Premier League.
“And I’ve matured. With the more games you play, you mature and learn more. I’m really enjoying myself, and glad to be back in the picture. The only problem is, we need to start winning.”
Winning has been the problem for Wednesday, who have drawn six games this season and have saved their best performances for the road.
They start the day two places and two points below the Whites and Coke believes the fact Dougie Freedman’s men are now upwardly mobile makes the game a tougher prospect than it looked a few weeks ago.
“They’ve got their win now so they’re probably going to kick on,” he said. “If anything, it’s going to be a harder game for us. We’re going to have to really up our game to try and get something.
“If you look at their wage budget and the players they’ve got, you wouldn’t expect Bolton to be down at the bottom, but it still really early. There are still 30 games to play. There are going to be so many twists and turns.
“We’re going to take it game by game. We’re going there for three points.
“We should really be pushing for play-offs. You look around at other clubs like Palace – they were near the bottom last season then suddenly they went on an unbelievable winning streak, and then they got promoted.
“It’s not out of the picture.”