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Matchday Xtra - Harry, Owen Coyle

Your chance to read Harry Redknapp's exclusive column plus a special message from Bolton manager Owen Coyle direct from tonight's official matchday programme.


Programme notes v Bolton, FA Cup - Tuesday, March 27

It was important that we preserved our five-point lead over Chelsea in the Premier League following Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge.

It was a big point for us and keeps us in a decent position as far as Champions League places go.

I thought we had some good chances to take all three points in the end but their goalkeeper made a couple of great saves to keep them in the game.
Our performance was excellent, we defended well and I was really pleased with the way we kept the ball. The longer the game went on, the more we looked as though we could win. In the end, I think they were probably more pleased to hear the final whistle than we were.

A couple of results haven’t gone our way recently but the players have remained bright in training and the performances have been good, we just haven’t got the breaks.

Even when we played Stoke last week, it was a tough evening but I couldn’t fault the effort. We had some good chances but once we hit the cross bar from Gareth Bale’s effort, I wondered if we were going to score at all so I was pleased we kept going and managed to get the equaliser late on.

It may not be the result that we all wanted but that might just prove a valuable point come the end of the campaign.

Our focus is back on the FA Cup tonight and I am sure you will all join me in offering a warm welcome back to White Hart Lane to everyone from Bolton Wanderers.

I have spoken to Owen Coyle pretty much every day following the events of 10 days ago and it is just great to hear of Fabrice Muamba’s progress.

We all know he has a long road ahead but from where he was last Saturday to where we are now, it is just a miracle how much he has improved and we continue to send our best wishes to him and his family.

Hopefully we can all move on now and he can continue to improve.

This is a big game tonight and it is one we want to win. I want us to achieve Champions League football at the end of this season but I also want us to win a cup, they are our aims and I believe we have the quality to achieve both.

I would like to conclude my programme notes by sending my best wishes to our young Academy player Oliver Modeste and his family. We were all shocked to hear of Oliver’s accidental fall a fortnight ago but I am pleased to hear he is improving on a daily basis and has now been transferred from intensive care. We all hope that he continues to get better.

Enjoy the game.

Owen Coyle


On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers and our supporters, I would like to offer our sincere thanks to Tottenham Hotspur - the staff, players, management and fans - for their support for Fabrice and his family at this difficult time. We have been truly humbled by the care and concern shown by you all for Fabrice.

Harry has been in touch regularly to check on Fabrice’s progress and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been in regular contact with our chairman Phil Gartside. The family have appreciated the many messages of support from Spurs fans.

Tottenham’s club doctor Shabaaz Mughal, the medical team and paramedics in attendance at White Hart Lane last Saturday played a vital part in giving Fabrice the best possible chance after his cardiac arrest, and I would like to thank them all.

I would like to ask you to keep Fabrice and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his recovery.

He has a long road ahead of him and the messages of support have been a great source of strength and energy for everybody.

Thank you all,
Owen Coyle