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Bolton denied at home by Braga late show

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:23 am

26.10.2007

Bayern’s victory in their UEFA Cup group opener has sent them to the top of Group F after Thursday’s other game in the section ended in a 1-1 draw, as Sporting Braga earned an unlikely point away to Bolton Wanderers.

A 10,848 crowd at the Reebok Stadium saw the home team, currently rooted to the foot of the English Premier League, dominate the early exchanges, with star striker Nicolas Anelka a constant menace in front of the Braga goal. The Frenchman could have put Bolton ahead on 26 minutes, but tamely lobbed into the hands of Braga keeper Paulo Santos.

<b>One against the post</b>

Wanderers finally unpicked the visitors’ deep-lying defence midway through the second half when El-Hadji Diouf headed home just five minutes after coming on as a sub. Bolton could have wrapped up the points on 85 minutes, but Kevin Davis watched in agony as his shot rebounded from the goal frame.

The Portuguese outfit showed creditable resolve throughout with a series of shots at home keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen’s goal, and were rewarded for their persistence when Jailson headed past the Finnish shot-stopper with just three minutes to go. “That was disappointing, the result is a setback to our UEFA Cup ambitions,” lamented boss Archie Knox, appointed on a caretaker basis after the dismissal of Sammy Lee a week ago.

<b>New manager for Munich trip</b>

Knox will no longer occupy the Trotters hot seat when Bolton visit Munich for their next group fixture in a fortnight, after the northern English club appointed Gary Megson to succeed Lee on Thursday. “We believe Gary is the right man to take us forward,“ chairman Phil Gartside commented. Megson, lured away from second division Leicester City after just six weeks as manager, will pick the Bolton side for the first time in Sunday’s home meeting with 1981 European Cup winners Aston Villa.
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