Pratley confident Bolton will avoid Premier League drop

The former Swansea midfielder believes that the Trotters must start picking up points sooner rather than later and ensure they win mini-league developing at the foot of the table
Bolton midfielder Darren Pratley is confident that his side will stay in the Premier League this season but has insisted that they must start performing sooner rather than later.

The Trotters crashed to their 19th defeat of the season this weekend, losing 2-0 to table-topping Manchester City.

The game at Etihad Stadium marked their fourth league defeat in a row, leaving them 19th in the table and in danger of being cut adrift.

Bolton are currently Evens with William Hill to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

Coyle’s side, along with Wigan, Blackburn, Wolves and QPR, make up the bottom five, all of whom are separated by just two points, and Pratley feels that his side must win that mini-league if they are to survive.

He told reporters: "We've got 11 cup finals now and we've got to try our best to stay in the league.

"There are five teams playing for two spots now. I think things can change and we can start picking up points.

"The dressing room is strong. The manager has got us focused and he gives us so much belief. Hopefully we can repay him. We've got to win, no matter what now.

"Bolton being in the Premier League is the only thing that matters at the minute."