Pratley upbeat over survival
Bolton midfielder confident that the Trotters can avoid relegation
Last Updated: March 5, 2012 10:45am
Darren Pratley: The Bolton midfielder says the players have faith in manager Owen Coyle
Bolton midfielder Darren Pratley remains optimistic that his side can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
The Trotters lost 2-0 to Manchester City on Saturday to remain in the drop zone and are two points adrift of safety.
There are five clubs set to fight for survival over the final three months of the season, with eight points separating 15th-placed Aston Villa to 16th-placed QPR.
After a mini-revival with wins against Everton and Liverpool, Bolton have reverted back to the form that blighted their start to the campaign.
Owen Coyle's side have now lost four games in a row, but face a run of games against their relegation rivals.
On Saturday lunchtime, they face QPR knowing that, albeit for potentially a matter of hours, they can climb out of the relegation zone.
Trips to Aston Villa and Wolves sandwich a crucial derby against Blackburn on 24th March in a month that is likely to make-or-break their season.
Pratley is not underestimating the importance of the fixtures, but insists the squad are behind the under-fire manager.
He said: "We've got 11 cup finals now and we've got to try our best to stay in the league.
"There are five teams playing for two spots now. I think things can change and we can start picking up points.
"The dressing room is strong. The manager has got us focused and he gives us so much belief. Hopefully we can repay him. We've got to win, no matter what now.
"Bolton being in the Premier League is the only thing that matters at the minute."