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Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has called on his side to stand up and be counted for the final day showdown at Stoke.

Reo-Coker believes he can take inspiration from West Ham's miracle escape from relegation as he prepares for the trip to the Britannia Stadium.

Bolton travel to Stoke this weekend knowing nothing more than a win will be good enough to have any chance of staying in the Premier League.

Owen Coyle's men trail Queens Park Rangers by two points as both sides look to avoid joining Wolves and Blackburn in dropping down to the Championship.

Reo-Coker is no stranger to last-day escapes, having helped West Ham stay up against all the odds by securing a win at Manchester United on the final day of the 2006/07 campaign and he insists the Stoke game will hold no fears for him.

"This is football, this is what we dream about. This is why we play the game to be part of big occasions like this. We must stand up and be counted."

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"There's no fear in my heart. If anything, I'm looking forward to the game more than ever now," noted Reo-Coker.

"This is football, this is what we dream about. This is why we play the game to be part of big occasions like this. We must stand up and be counted.


"The equation is there for us. We must win next weekend. I've been in this situation before with West Ham when we had to go to Old Trafford.

"That's something I can draw on. It just shows you that in football, nothing is for certain. Anything is possible if you believe and it's down to us to take that on board and get the result we need."

Reo-Coker admits they need to stand up and be counted after throwing away two crucial points in the 2-2 draw at home to West Brom on Sunday.


"We know what we have to do. We have to get our job done and not focus on anything else," added Reo-Coker.

"We knew we needed two results from these last two games, and there's no reason why we can't go to Stoke and win.

"But that's been the story of our season. We like to do it the hard way and when it has come to the crunch we've always managed to do it.

"It would have been great if we had got the win against West Brom, and then we could have taken a draw from Stoke.

"But we weren't communicating enough as players. There weren't enough voices. It was just the usual one or two. We need more than that, especially in a situation like this and that's the reality we have to face. We really have to stand up and be counted."