Muamba lifts team's spirit

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Emotional scenes at the Reebok Photo:

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Fabrice Muamba sent a good luck message to his team-mates on the eve of their 2-1 win over Blackburn at the Reebok Stadium.

Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest at Tottenham seven days ago that stopped his heart beating for 78 minutes.

Thankfully, the 23-year-old has started to recover and was well enough to add his hopes for a positive outcome to an emotionally charged day.

And Coyle expects the message will be returned, through Muamba's father Marcel and fiancee Shauna, that Bolton are out of the relegation zone.

Rather than limit themselves to a minute's applause, as had been stated in the schedule to the pre-match planning, Bolton's supporters responded to the start of a montage being shown on a big screen before the players emerged from the tunnel.

The noise increased as fans sat opposite the main stand combined to hold up a massive 'Muamba 6' card and the 23-year-old's name was sung immediately before kick-off, and then at the end as Bolton celebrated victory with a mass huddle.