Despite getting a morale boosting win against Blackburn Rovers just before Christmas, Bolton Wanderers could not capitalise on the poor form of Newcastle United.

Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers side suffered yet another defeat in the Premier League, this time against Newcastle United.

However, Bolton Wanderers maintain their position just above Blackburn Rovers in the table because Blackburn Rovers could not capitalise on this defeat, as they could get only draw against Liverpool.


Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has said that he is very much pleased to see the fans still backing him to get the results. Bolton Wanderers have been truly appalling this season, despite performing well last season.

They were expected to finish in the top eight this time around, but it has truly gone wrong for Owen Coyle and his men this season. His team have lost almost every match this season, and as a result of it, find themselves at the bottom of the table.

Coyle: Play for your futures

Bolton's squad are not just playing for Premier League survival but also their futures, manager Owen Coyle has warned.

The Trotters currently sit at the foot of the table are five point from safety and according to Coyle if things do not improve soon the "10 to 12" players who are out of contract in the summer will not be offered new deals anytime soon.

"I can totally understand why my owner would be reluctant to be handing out new contracts - until they are earned," said Coyle.

"That in itself should be a huge incentive for those players."


Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is the latest to pay tribute to former Bolton Wanderers player Gary Speed, who recently passed away, aged just 42.

Gary Speed was found in his house and is thought to have committed suicide. Tributes have been flowing in from all around the world, and current Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is the latest to do so.

Gary Speed was an important part of the Bolton Wanderers team from 2004 to 2007. His death comes as a major shock to the football world. Many regard Gary Speed to be an excellent professional both on and off the field.


Gary Cahill has admitted that he is waiting to see what offers come in for him before he makes a final decision on where he will be playing next season. He will be out of contract in the summer of 2012, which means he'll be able to leave Bolton for nothing.


Bolton manager Owen Coyle has called for consistency from the match officials - and he isn't the first manager to do so this season, even though we're only 10 games in!

Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas Boas have all questioned the referee in previous matches, and this time is was Coyle's turn.

Speaking after the match against Swansea, in which Bolton struggled to a 3-1 loss, Coyle was critical of the referee.

"I think the second yellow card, in fairness, Ricardo Gardner has tugged Dyer back. I think we all accept that normally results in a yellow card.


Bolton are still interested in signing Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on a permanent basis. The 21-year-old had a successful spell with the Trotters last term, scoring eight goals in 12 Premier League games.

Sturridge is seemingly behind Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in the Chelsea pecking order and Coyle hopes to take advantage.

He said: "I feel that another period with Bolton would take him on to the next level of his career."


Manchester City are at the forefront of landing Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill this summer.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is understood to also be interested in the centre-half.

However, the Mirror claims the Scot is likely to lose out to City in any battle for the England international’s signature.

Dalglish has earmarked the centre-back position as a priority are and sees Cahill as the perfect candidate.

But if Wanderers hold out for the £20 million they are demanding then this may price the Merseysiders out of the running.


Fabricio Coloccini has said that he is still focused on the Premier League survival more than anything else.

But the defender’s confident Newcastle United will quickly achieve their No1 objective – and then readjust their ambitions.

Coloccini and his team-mates were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton Wanderers at St James’s Park on Saturday.

While Alan Pardew’s side had been looking for three points, there were positives to take from the game, not least because Newcastle played for 35 minutes with 10 men after Ryan Taylor’s dismissal.


FourFourTwo Magazine wrote an article a few months back regarding the importance of tactics in a football match. FourFourTwo claimed that tactics very rarely win a game and that is more down to a mixture of player’s skills and luck. However, in light of the recent win away at Birmingham, putting the Trotters into Wembley for the first time in eleven years, I beg to differ. In this article I will discuss to what extent tactics do win games of football by comparing England’s World Cup fiasco to this afternoon’s game against Birmingham.


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