Bolton ace has high hopes for new arrivals

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Martin Petrov is excited by the prospect of featuring regularly in Bolton's new-look midfield, after playing alongside three of the four summer arrivals who showed just a glimpse of why they are destined for success at the Reebok Stadium.

Despite being on the wrong end of a 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Levante on Friday evening - only the second defeat of an eight-game warm-up schedule for Owen Coyle's Trotters side, Petrov is confident the latest acquisitions will settle in quickly to life at Wanderers.

"It's normal that you need matches and time when you sign for a new club," he said. "They were perhaps a little tired because since they have joined they have played matches every three or four days.


"But everyone knows that [Chris] Eagles, [Nigel] Reo-Coker and [Darren] Pratley are good players - they are big names in England. I'm sure they will be great players for Bolton.

"Although it was a friendly, we were disappointed to lose, especially with it being the last game before the start of the season," Petrov continued. "Even though we can play better we know that we did a lot of things right."

Attention now turns quickly to Queens Park Rangers - the newly-promoted side providing the competition for Petrov and Co. in the 2011-12 season opener at Loftus Road next weekend.

"Hopefully this week we can work hard because we know that we must play well to win the game on Saturday.

"It has been a tough pre-season and we have won six matches, but that is finished now and we have to get ready.

"We have got our fitness and we are strong - we now need to focus a bit more on our tactics, which is what we will do this week in training.

"We know our jobs, we are professional and for this next week we are only concentrated on the game against Queens Park Rangers."

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Martin Petrov
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