Muamba eyes derby spoils

Central midfielder hails Coyle impact ahead of derby clash

Muamba: Targeting win over Rovers

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Fabrice Muamba insists Bolton Wanderers only have eyes on three points against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

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The Trotters welcome Rovers and former manager Sam Allardyce to the Reebok Stadium looking to change their torrid record against their Lancashire foes.

It has been 12 years since Bolton beat their local rivals at home in the Premier League and Muamba expects a hard shift against a side who go into the match on the back of a 3-0 victory against Wolves last weekend.

But the former Arsenal and Birmingham City enforcer is determined to set the record straight on Sunday.


Muamba said: "It is a massive game and about time we got a result against them. It will be very physical. There will be a lot of long balls, put it that way.

"We will just have to play the way we have done this season - by getting the ball down and passing it.

"We must not give away silly free-kicks because they are good at set-pieces. They won last week but we will be confident as we are at home.

"Our target? We must make sure we get to 40 points as soon a possible and take it from there."

Muamba, who is aiming to retain his ever-present record in the league this season, is relishing life at Bolton under manager Owen Coyle.

And the 22-year-old added: "The manager has confidence in me. I am enjoying my role and long may that continue.

"He encourages me to stay disciplined and prevent the opposition coming forward. It is about doing the simple things and working hard for the team."

What will be the outcome in the match Bolton vs Blackburn?

  • Bolton
  • Draw
  • Blackburn