It took some harsh words at half-time from manager Owen Coyle but it did the trick and Bolton secured a vital three points away to struggling Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
The Trotters came from a goal behind in the West Midlands and, having dragged Villa into the relegation fight, now sit just one point off safety with a game in hand over their rivals at the bottom of the Premier League table.
After spending much of the time in the bottom three Coyle’s men have always been among the favourites in the relegation betting.
It was a tremendous result for the Lancashire outfit, who have really been struggling with injuries this season, whilst having to deal with the narrowly avoided tragedy that was the collapse of midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
Coyle and his men are looking to give Muamba a Premier League club to come back to, should he continue his playing career and the three points at Villa Park could go a long way in ensuring their survival. Though I would bet on the Premier League relegation scrap going right down to the last day given the compact nature of the table.
The Scot was delighted with the result but did admit he had to give his players a kick up the backside to get the win over Villa.
He said: "I think we showed again the character we have within the squad and I have got to say I gave them an almighty blast at half-time because I wasn't pleased with the first showing.
"We have been in good form, I think that's 13 points from 21 now and everybody else around about us was winning when we were idle and this was one of our games in hand and we still have another one.
That's what we have got to do, give performances like this to make sure we remain in the Premier League."
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