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Steinsson - We must be ruthless

It will go to last day, says Bolton full-back

Gretar Steinsson: Feels Bolton need to be more ruthless and cut out the 'soft' goals

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Bolton defender Gretar Steinsson sees defeat at Newcastle as a chance missed and believes the relegation battle will go to the final day.

The Trotters were beaten 2-0 on Monday with a wonder goal by Hatem Ben Arfa setting the home side on their way.

The result leaves Owen Coyle's men just one point clear of the drop zone and Steinsson is disappointed the French midfielder was allowed to claim the headlines after a spirited away performance.

"The first half was equal and we started the second half brightly," the 30-year-old told the club's official website. "We got three chances but didn't put anything away and when that happens, you get punished.

"It was a great bit of skill from Ben Arfa but it's soft from our point of view. The second goal is offside because Cisse was in front of me the whole time. However, we didn't score so it didn't really matter.

"You can create your own luck. But if you don't put the ball in the net you are vulnerable, and that was the story today.

"We put about 20 crosses into the box and we need to finish them to be able to win games. Equally, we need to keep a clean sheet to at least draw a game.

Ability

"Players need to keep on making these runs and get into good positions. We've all got the ability and know how to do it and if we continue to create these chances, the goals will come.

"Newcastle are a great team and have done ever so well this season, but we had a point in our hands and let it slip away."

Bolton now have a lengthy wait before their next Premier League game against Swansea on April 21 and Steinsson sees the lay-off as an opportunity to work hard and prepare for the huge challenge ahead.

"Now we have a chance to realise what is left and that is six big games," he added.

"Everyone knows how big these matches are. We've got the experience and the players and we have to keep working hard like we did against Newcastle to ensure the results go our way.

"We've got the best part of two weeks to prepare for the next game. We've got to get points at home but I do think that this season will go down to the last day.

"There's a lot at stake. Everyone realises how big these next six games are and when we are playing well we have to be more ruthless and take the points when they are in our hands."