Bolton head to Tottenham for tonight`s FA Cup replay with Owen Coyle looking to field some unfamiliar players in a bid in a bid to preserve his team`s top flight status.
It`s a measure of how far the competition has suffered at the hands of the Premier League that no one seems to mind.
‘We have to retain that belief and show our quality when the match comes about.`
Owen Coyle remains in chirpy mood. Acquiring belief it usually a prior step to retaining it. And where`s that quality you`re talking about?
Tottenham Team News:
Super crock Ledley King has a thigh injury and Aaron Lennon still has a groin problem – one that`s less fun than Ashley Cole`s.
Player to watch: Roman Pavlyuchenko
Will be keen to press his claims for a regular start.
Bolton Team News:
Injury problems and a desire to rest key personnel after a recent hectic schedule means that a number of fringe players will feature. Stuart Holden, Jlloyd Samuel, Andy O’Brien, Ali Al Habsi and even Mustapha Riga have been mentioned. What do you mean, who`s he?
Player to watch: Jussi Jaaskelainen
Or whoever plays in goal. A busy night ahead.
Match Facts & Stats
In FA cup ties on Tottenham soil, the stats show one win for each side.
Tottenham dominated the last half-hour of the first game, but Bolton should have been comfortably in front by then. It`s difficult to see the Wanderers getting anything out of this game, not least because they have significantly less strength in depth.
Being spectacularly crap with everyone available doesn`t help either.