Bolton bid to continue surge to safety


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  • Saturday, 26 Apr 2008

LONDON: Bolton head into today' crucial clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane looking to continue their perfectly-timed surge out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Gary Megson’s side have recorded successive wins over West Ham and Middlesbrough to leave them one point above the bottom three.

With three matches of the campaign remaining, Bolton have fate in their own hands and Gary Cahill is optimistic they can stay in the division.

“We don’t want to get carried away, we have won two games on the bounce and we have to keep winning games,” the defender said.

“There are three games left, and a lot of teams in it, but we have turned out the results we needed and we have to keep doing that at Tottenham and definitely at Sunderland.”

Bolton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their visit to North London, so the biggest decision facing Megson concerns his forwards, with Grzegorz Rasiak expected to be given a start against his former club.

The Poland international was drafted in for the suspended Kevin Davies at Middlesbrough before coming off with a cut eyelid. Fortunately for Megson he is fit to play, as Davies now has a hand injury.

“The team stays the same if we get good results and good performances,” Megson said.

Jlloyd Samuel, who has impressed in the last two victories, hopes Megson does keep faith with the players who have given Bolton a lifeline.

“It’s looking much better for us now,” said Samuel. “The last result put us in good stead, and we are now ready for kicking on. We just want to keep things ticking now.

“Obviously we knew what situation we were in and it was about the players rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the job. We are proving that we want to get out of it.

“We are looking at the teams above us. We want to keep them in our sights, and by winning our games we are putting pressure on everyone around us.

“Hopefully we can go down to Tottenham and nick something.”

Bolton will take further encouragement from the fact that Tottenham have little left to play for. The best they can hope for this season is a tenth placed finish.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson and defenders Pascal Chimbonda and Jonathan Woodgate are all back in full training for Juande Ramos’s side and could feature.

Forward Robbie Keane is adamant that they still want to finish the season strongly.

“It is important we get a convincing win against Bolton,” he said.

“In the next three games if we can get decent results it would set us all up for next season. That is when I think you will see the benefits of this manager. – AFP

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