Bolton boss wants more

Coyle keen to continue momentum with win over Fulham

Owen Coyle: Bolton boss looking for fourth successive victory against Fulham

Fabrice Muamba: Bolton midfielder continuing to make 'strong and steady improvements'

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Owen Coyle has urged his Bolton side to continue their recent momentum as they target a fourth successive Premier League win.

Consecutive victories over fellow strugglers QPR, Blackburn and Wolves have moved the Trotters up to 16th in the Premier League, a point clear of the relegation zone they had previously inhabited, and the weekend clash with Fulham is the first of eight matches they have left.

Bolton's chances of avoiding the drop have been lifted, but some of their rivals have also recorded significant results of late - 17th-placed QPR beat Arsenal 2-1 last weekend, while 19th-placed Wigan have beaten Liverpool and Stoke - and Coyle wants there to be no let-up from his players.

"We have to continue doing what we are doing - looking to win games," said Coyle, who was this week named manager of the month for March.

"Everybody around us is picking up and doing well, which doesn't come as a surprise because we are all good sides.

"You could get the best 20 managers in world football and bring them into the Premier League and somebody would have to fill each of the different spaces - it doesn't necessarily mean that one is better than the other."

Owen Coyle

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"You could get the best 20 managers in world football and bring them into the Premier League and somebody would have to fill each of the different spaces - it doesn't necessarily mean that one is better than the other.

"We know there is quality in this league. We just have to make sure that for our part, we are doing our utmost to gather the points to make us safe."

Quality side

Fulham are 11 points above the bottom three in the comfort of mid-table, but asked if he felt the Cottagers' current position - and potential lack of things to play for - might make them an easier prospect than some other teams, Coyle said: "Far from it.

"Fulham are a quality side. They are safe, there is no doubt about that, but they will be looking up, trying to catch teams above them.

"What they have is unbelievable offensive players - (Pavel) Pogrebnyak, (Moussa) Dembele, (Bryan) Ruiz, (Clint) Dempsey. Then (Danny) Murphy can pass the ball for fun, they have brought (Mahamadou) Diarra in and (Brede) Hangeland is always a threat - they have terrific players.

"Fulham have shown that when they are at their very best, they can cause problems for anybody.

"What we have to do is make sure we are at our maximum. It is a very tough game, no doubt about it, but we are at home and it is a game we believe is winnable."

Muamba

Meanwhile, Trotters midfielder Fabrice Muamba - who is 24 on Friday - is continuing to make "strong and steady improvements" in his recovery from the cardiac arrest he suffered on the pitch in last month's abandoned FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.

Coyle on Thursday confirmed the former England Under-21 international had been walking around in hospital.

And a joint statement from Bolton, Barts and the NHS Trust on Friday said: "Fabrice Muamba continues to make strong and steady improvements and remains in the intensive care unit of the London Chest Hospital."

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