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Morale-boosting draw for Munich-bound Bolton

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:02 am

05.11.2007

Bolton Wanderers have Kevin Nolan to thank for a morale-boosting Premier League draw in advance of Thursday’s UEFA Cup trip to Munich. Watched by Bayern chief scout Wolfgand Dremmler, club captain Nolan struck a 93rd minute equaliser to earn his side a vital away point against West Ham United.

The Trotters remain second from bottom of the English top flight, and new boss Gary Megson (pictured) is still waiting for his first win since taking the helm, but the players were delighted at the last-gasp strike. “Scoring a stoppage-time equaliser will give us a huge lift,” Nolan commented.

<b>New impetus from new manager</b>

The 25-year-old, confined to a bit-part role under previous manager Sammy Lee, was fulsome in his praise for the new boss. “Megson has given us new impetus. The players lacked confidence, but he’s built us up again,“ Nolan reported. Megson was unveiled as the new supremo ten days after Lee’s dismissal on 16 October. Caretaker boss Archie Knox presided over Bolton’s UEFA Cup Group F opener, a 1-1 stalemate at home to Sporting Braga.

“I think it was a deserved point,“ Megson summarised after Danny Guthrie hit a post and Kevin Davies landed a second-half header on top of the crossbar. George McCartney opened the scoring for the Hammers after 20 minutes. “We can definitely play better, but we’re in a difficult phase at the moment,“ Megson continued.

<b>Anelka doubtful</b>

The 48-year-old, previously in charge at second division Leicester City, favours a defensive 4-1-4-1 formation away from home. France star Nicolas Anelka would normally operate as a lone striker, but the hitman is struggling with a strain and is rated doubtful for Thursday.

Anelka’s likely stand-in is Davies, a powerfully-built striker with great strength in the air, and a frequent target man for long balls played out of defence. Senegal ace El-Hadji Diouf and Ricardo of Portugal operate on the flanks, with former Real Madrid enforcer Ivan Campo in the holding role. Bayern can expect a tough physical battle against a side whose style of play could fairly be described as typically British.
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