O'Brien - We're better now
Joey O'Brien believes Bolton can return to the glory days of old after a disappointing end to last season.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 15/10/08 4:24pm
Bolton midfielder Joey O'Brien believes his side can return to the glory days of old after a disappointing end to last season.
Only securing survival in their final game, Wanderers were far from the club that ensured top-eight status four seasons running under previous boss Sam Allardyce.
But the 22-year-old says those days are gone and that Bolton can finally enjoy the glory they had before that troubled season.
"We let the club down last season," O'Brien told the Bolton News. "The fans in particular, and we need to get pushing into the top half - that was the standard we had set.
"Last season we didn't perform to the standards this club has been accustomed to in recent years.
"But it's behind us now," he added. "This season brings new hopes, a new approach, and hopefully we can climb the league and challenge the top half like we used to."
A realistic aim
O'Brien believes European football is a realistic aim for Bolton, saying: "I've played twice for Bolton in Europe and it's where you want to be.
"Playing for a club that goes to places like Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid and does well is great for the fans and for the players.
"Everyone in the dressing room wants that again and we have plenty of games to get back up there.
"If you look at the points we have on the board it's not great, but our overall form is pretty good."