Fulham pose fresh threat to Whites

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

WANDERERS have been warned they must keep the pot boiling when they face Fulham tomorrow if they are to stay out of the bottom three.

Owen Coyle wants his players to maintain the high tempo football that has earned them three consecutive victories and eased their relegation worries.

But the manager has also made a plea to the club’s fans, whose support he believes has been instrumental in the best run of results for more than five years.

“We absolutely have to keep it going,” he said. “If anything, Fulham are even more dangerous than the teams we have faced in the last few weeks because their league position hints at the quality they have.

“Since the turn of the year we have been terrific, particularly at home, with the one blip coming against Wigan. It’s getting to be like it was last year when we had it as a fortress.

“To get a result against Fulham we’ll need intensity from the outset from the players but also from the supporters, who have been brilliant. They have played a huge part in getting us this far.”

An Easter Monday trip to in-form Newcastle United is also on the immediate horizon, but Coyle insists he will not give the Magpies a second thought until referee Mike Dean blows the final whistle at the Reebok tomorrow.

“My focus is just on Saturday,” he said. “When we come out of that, of course, we’ll look at Newcastle and Monday.

“We’ve got a home game against a side who have shown this season they can cause problems to the very top teams. If we don’t have that focus then the top players, the household names they have – Pavel Pogrebnyak, Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey – will capitalise.”

The Magpies face Swansea City tonight before preparing for Monday’s game at St James’ Park, but Coyle isn’t making a big deal of their extra day of rest.

“That’s the nature of the game and we’ll have to deal with it,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt.”

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