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Don't write Bolton off yet - Owen Coyle

Following Tuesday night's 2-1 victory at Villa Park, the Trotters' boss has urged his side to replicate the level of performance in their remaining games

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle thinks it is too early to write off his relegation-threatened side, following Tuesday night's victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The Trotters' boss has hit back at critics and is adamant his team are "masters of their own destiny" as they look to secure another season in the top-flight.

Bolton lie in 18th place, only a point behind fellow strugglers QPR and Wigan with a game in hand, and the Scottish manager's team are on a good run of form, winning four in their last seven outings.

Coyle told reporters: "We've got 13 points from the last 21 and have been in good form. Our rivals have been winning as well but we know what we have got to do.
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"We have got to make sure we produce performances like the second half against Villa to remain in the Premier League.

"We have been decimated by injuries but are still in there fighting and our destiny is in our own hands.

"The lads stood up again to be counted away from home in a hostile atmosphere and came from behind for the second time in three days to get something from the game [after Saturday's 1-1 draw against Swansea]."

"People keep writing my lads off, and I say 'carry on doing it' because I know what we have got in that dressing room.

"We have got four cup finals left but we always knew we were masters of our own destiny, which is good.

"There's still a lot of hard work to be done but there's so much character in this squad."

And Coyle highlighted the importance of having veteran striker Kevin Davies available for the run-in.

"In the last couple of months, Kevin has been in terrific form," Coyle said.

"He scored at Tottenham and Wolves, was outstanding at Newcastle, started against Swansea and did well, and was outstanding when he came on against Villa.

"You always know what Kevin is going to bring to the party."