Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle takes heart from away form

Bolton boss Owen Coyle says his team's away form shows they are capable of earning the win at Stoke they need to have a chance of avoiding relegation.

Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Brom means Bolton must beat Stoke and hope QPR and Wigan lose their remaining games.

Coyle, whose side have won six games away from home this season, told BBC Sport: "We know from our travels this year we are capable of winning.

"We have to pick ourselves up and look at the positives from today."

Coyle was left ruing two points dropped after West Brom fought back from 2-0 down with two goals in the last 15 minutes.

James Morrison's last-minute equaliser, and QPR's late winner against Stoke, leaves Coyle's men two points adrift of Premier League safety with one game of the season remaining.

"For 75 minutes we did enough to earn our two-goal lead but we feel we've dropped two points," said Coyle.

"Nerves played a part but my disappointment is that we have conceded two soft goals. We sat back far too much and when we did get forward we were not keeping possession."

Bolton have tasted victory at follow strugglers Wolves and Aston Villa in recent weeks and have more away wins than any other side in the bottom half of the table.

And, with QPR travelling to title-chasing Manchester City, Coyle knows a victory may well be enough to secure safety.

"Football is a game of high drama," he added. "In the last minute today we were leading 2-1 and QPR were drawing. It can change very quickly and who is to say it won't change again next week.

"We knew we were going to have to go to Stoke anyway and earn a result so maybe it's a good thing that a draw won't be enough.

"We have to earn the right to get in front and make sure we don't give up soft goals. If we do that I'm convinced we can win a very tough game."

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