Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has rubbished claims the Trotters were a long-ball team under Sam Allardyce.

Coyle, who arrived from Burnley in January, will welcome former Bolton boss Allardyce, now in charge of Blackburn, to the Reebok Stadium for the first time.

But he rails suggestions that Allardyce is nothing more than a long-ball specialist and said: "I do not buy into that perception. Blackburn have terrific players. They are a team that are far more than people think they are. David Dunn is a quality player, (El-Hadji) Diouf can play, so too can (Morten Gamst) Pedersen.

"If you look at some of the quality players who played under Sam at Bolton getting them in was a marvellous achievement.

"He poured his heart and soul into the job. He laid the foundations of everything that goes on at this club. He is a huge part of Bolton's history, the fans know that."

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