Duo urge Bolton to maintain momentum after QPR victory

Trotters pick up a vital three points at the Reebok Stadium to move out of the bottom three courtesy of a late goal from Ivan Klasnic
Nigel Reo-Coker and Darren Pratley were understandably delighted with Bolton’s 2-1 win against QPR, but insist the team must keep up their hard work to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Trotters claimed their first win in six games at the Reebok Stadium thanks to a late winner from substitute Ivan Klasnic, and midfielder Reo-Coker insists Bolton must kick-on.

“We have been saying all week that we need to win this game,” he told Sky Sports. “But it means nothing if we don’t keep up the momentum next week. It is so tight at the bottom of the league.”

Darren Pratley, who scored the first goal of the game, echoed his team-mate’s sentiments.

“We know we have ten cup finals from now until the end of the season," Pratley said. "We’re delighted to pick up three points after a tough game.

"I’m sure it wasn’t the best to watch, but when there are so many teams fighting down there [at the bottom of the Premier League] the win is so important.

“We always believed in ourselves and when Klasnic is one-on-one with the goalkeeper, nine times out of ten he is going to score.”

The match was not without controversy, with Clint Hill’s 19th minute header being disallowed, despite clearly being over a foot past the line.

But Reo-Coker insisted these things can happen sometimes, before going on to praise on-loan winger Ryo Miyaichi, who played a key role in Bolton’s winner, setting up Klasnic.

He continued: “I haven’t seen it and maybe the ref didn’t either, but these things happen in football and you just have to get on with the game.

“He [Miyaichi] has been fantastic. He has got natural talent and raw pace. He is still learning the game but he works hard.”

Pratley added: “It gives us a boost but we know we’ve got 10 tough games. We’ll be back in on Monday and look to go again next week.”

Bolton travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur next week in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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