Coyle keeps focus on Bolton survival bid

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Owen Coyle, the Bolton Wanderers manager, yesterday refused to bite on Sir Alex Ferguson's dismissal of his side's encounter at Stamford Bridge tonight as an "easy game" for Chelsea.

United dropped points in the Premier League title race after a goalless draw at home to Blackburn on Sunday and in his post-match comments the Manchester United manager accepted it would be difficult for his side to catch Chelsea, who are now a point ahead with a match in hand. "We have a lifeline if Chelsea blow it. But in my eyes they have an easy game against Bolton on Tuesday," Ferguson said.

Coyle has more important issues of his own with Bolton five points above the relegation zone having lost their last three matches, so he was not concerned by Ferguson's attempt at playing psychological games. "That's up to him. That's his opinion, he has it and he's given it – all very well," said Coyle. "I'll concentrate on what we can do and not what anyone else says."

Although no one realistically gives Bolton a chance of causing an upset at Stamford Bridge, Wanderers captain Kevin Davies believes he has spotted a weakness. Davies thinks the relationship between strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka is not what it should be and the Frenchman has a familiar unhappy look on his face.

"It is always difficult to say with Nicolas, he's such a hard person to read," said Davies, who played alongside Anelka during his spell at the Reebok Stadium before his move to Chelsea. "You never quite know what's going through his mind. There seems to be something not quite right with him and Didier Drogba. I'm not sure they get on very well."

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