Coyle keen to avoid cup upset

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Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is looking to avoid begin a victim of a cup upset when his side face Macclesfield Town in the Carling Cup.

Norwich City, Sunderland, Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers were all victims of cup shocks on Tuesday evening in the first round of second round fixtures.

And Coyle insist he will be taking the competition seriously, and hopes his hungry fringe players can assure safe passage to round three.

"I'm certainly not taking the game lightly, that's for sure," Coyle said. "Macclesfield are in very good form - they've got some fine players who showed the quality by beating Hull in the last round and winning by four at Hereford just seven days ago.

"I've been in football long enough and been the underdog many times, both as a player and a manager, to know that upsets can happen. Macclesfield will be a handful, so we will need to make sure that we are at our best. We will be preparing normally and, as everyone knows, I love the cup competitions and want progress and go as far as possible.

"Clubs outside the big five or six have shown that success can be achieved but first and foremost you have got to do the hard work in the early rounds against teams that have got their own agendas and reasons to want to progress.

"But it is fair to say that the boys who have sat patiently on the bench in the last two games will start because we need them fit and ready for the rigours of the Barclays Premier League. They are bonified first team players so it doesn't diminish the team in any way.


Bolton produced a spirited display to push Manchester City all the way in the club's first home game of the season on Sunday, and with more tough tasks on the horizon, Coyle had some good news about one of his prized assets.

"As for Stuart Holden, he is doing everything that is being asked of him. He is still a couple of weeks away from being back to his maximum and receiving the green light to push on at the highest level, but he has trained a high standard," Coyle added.

"He is a top lad, a top player and bit by bit he is getting stronger. We have to make sure that it is the right time when we bring him back in."

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