Tony Cottee Column: West Ham can snatch a point at Bolton

Bolton are a good side under Owen Coyle and although our record against them is terrible I am confident we can get a point at the Reebok Stadium.

Maybe they will be focused on their FA Cup semi-final against Stoke at Wembley the week after.

I am sure manager Owen Coyle will try his best to make sure it does not happen, but the way we have playing we should head their with confidence.

I’m not sure if Grant will make changes to the team, he may even change the formation and play Carlton Cole up front by himself with Gary O’Neil and Victor Obinna either side, he could even play Robbie Keane on the left of a front three.

There are plenty of options available to Grant and I believe the midfield battle will be key, with Fabrice Muamba and Mark Davies competing against Scott Parker, Mark Noble and Thomas Hitzlsperger.


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Coyle will be a tough opponent for Grant and the former Burnley boss has done a fantastic job with Bolton.

They have kept the physical aspects that they were famed by under Sam Allardyce, but have added flair.

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Jack Wilshere went on loan and was a revelation for them last season, while Daniel Sturridge has joined on loan from Manchester City and is a dangerous player.

They have good options going forward and more than solid at the back so it will be a tough match.

They are stabilised Premier League side and after the excellent job Coyle has done, I would not be surprised if sooner or later a bigger club came calling.

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