The Bolton Wanderers manager, Owen Coyle, wants his players to use their 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Millwall on Saturday as a platform to heave themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.
The Trotters eased past Millwall at the New Den with a goal in each half. The impressive Ryo Miyaichi opened the scoring after four minutes and David Ngog settled the tie just before the hour. Coyle had been expecting a tough examination of a side who have slipped to 19th in the table, just one point clear of bottom side Wigan.
He said: "It certainly gives us a good feeling to win any game and we'll take that into the Premier League with some big games ahead of us – but ones we're looking forward to. We looked a real threat when we passed and moved the ball. The object of the exercise was to make sure we're in the draw for the quarter-final. Overall, it was a very good performance from start to finish, but equally there are bits and pieces you as a manager think you could do better. At times we could have passed and moved it better, and that would have culminated in more chances. We scored two good goals and could have added a few more."
Millwall's Kenny Jackett hailed the effort shown by his team, who are fighting to stay in the Championship. He said: "We have had a good go at the Cup, but really we have to look at what is our main priority, which is working very hard to stay in the division.
"We are looking at the table and results at this stage of the season, but ultimately it is about us getting the points we need. We have enough games to have a positive end to the season and that is what we are looking for. We played some good football and we are pleased with what we have done in the Cup this year."
Milwall: MILDENHALL 6/10; DUNNE 5; ROBINSON 5; LOWRY 6; BARRON 6; SMITH 5; FEENEY 6; TROTTER 6; KANE 6; KEOGH 6; HENDERSON 7
Bolton: BOGDAN 6; RICKETTS 5; REAM 6; WHEATER 5; STEINSSON 6; MIYAICHI 7; MUAMBA 7; REO-COKER 6; TUNCAY 6; NGOG 7; M DAVIES 6
Scorers: Bolton Wanderers Miyaichi 4, Ngog 59. Substitutes: Millwall Wright 5 (Smith, 57), Bouazza (Feeney, 73), Henry (Kane, 80). Bolton Eagles (Miyaichi, 78), Pratley (M Davies, 86).
Booked: Millwall Feeney, Dunne. Bolton Reo-Coker, M Davies.
Man of the match Muamba. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Millwall 47% Bolton 53%.
Attempts on target: Millwall 4 Bolton 4.
Referee K Friend (Leicestershire). Attendance 11,134.Reuse content