Ream feeling at home

Bolton defender has been welcomed by team-mates

Tim Ream: Happy at Bolton after having to wait to make his Premier League debut

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January signing Tim Ream is feeling at home at Bolton after breaking into Owen Coyle's first team.

The USA international made the Premier League switch in the New Year, but he had to wait until late February to make his top-flight debut.

Ream admits it was difficult waiting for his work permit to come through, meaning he had to play catch-up in the fitness stakes.

The 24-year-old is now a regular in Coyle's side and he is feeling settled at the Reebok.

Settled

"I have felt super-comfortable from the very first day and I give a lot of credit to the guys in the changing room for helping me along and giving me advice and pointers," said Ream.

"The hardest part was waiting to play that first game.

"Football is my job. Not being able to play the first couple of weeks that I was over was difficult.

"Now I am playing, I feel right at home."

Bolton boosted their survival hopes on Saturday with a crucial 2-1 win over Blackburn.

Chance

Fans unveiled a mosaic for Fabrice Muamba before the kick-off and Ream and company wanted to win for their team-mate.

"Walking out of the tunnel, seeing the mosaic for Fabrice and little bits of the video, it made you want to do something for him," he continued.

"We want to stay in the Premier League so if he does get a chance to come back, he will be there with us.

"No-one can pretend coping with what has happened has been easy.

"Some guys like to be alone and thinking, some like to be around everyone else and getting back into a normal routine.

"But the fans helped us through it. They provided that little bit extra, which helped us focus and helped us to get that win."