Eagles - We always believed
Bolton midfielder enthuses about character following Stoke thumping
By Subhankar Mondal. Last Updated: November 7, 2011 4:04pm
Chris Eagles: Midfielder mobbed by team-mates during Bolton's victory over Stoke at home
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Chris Eagles insists that he and his team-mates always believed in themselves despite their poor run of results in the Premier League.
The Trotters have been struggling for points this campaign but burst into form on Sunday when they defeated Stoke City 5-0 at the Reebok Stadium.
It was Bolton's third win of the league campaign and their first points at home, sparking hopes of a surge in positive results from now on.
Eagles, who scored twice against the Potters, is delighted with the result and stresses that none of Bolton players have any doubt over their ability to turnaround their fortunes.
"None of us really pay attention to what people say," said the 25-year-old. "Anyone can put you down, any job you do.
"We don't listen, we just go out there and do our job. We stick together.
"People can comment on everything, people think they can have a view on you.
No outside influence
"But with [manager] Owen [Coyle], he keeps it close-knit. We don't listen to anyone outside.
"We are fit, happy and hopefully everyone can see that.
"I don't think anyone could have predicted 5-0 but it just shows what character we have got.
"I think we are getting our defence sorted and we are looking solid as a team."
Bolton remain in the relegation zone as they are third from bottom, but have now moved to nine points from 11 matches, just one point away from safety.