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O'Neill wary of in-form Bolton

12 Dec 2008 - 15:00:47

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is expecting a tough game this weekend when Bolton Wanderers visit Villa Park.

Villa are on a high after Sunday's dramatic last-gasp win at Everton, but O'Neill is only too aware that Gary Megson has guided the Trotters to three successive away victories.

He told the club's official website: "I've been very impressed with Bolton. A lot of people thought they were doomed last season but - a little bit like Fulham - they managed to survive.

"Like a lot of teams who survive during the previous season, they've prospered this time around.

"I went up to the game last Saturday against Chelsea. Phil Scolari's men have a fantastic away record and they looked pretty comfortable in the first half, but then Bolton shrugged things aside and really got in amongst it.

"They caused Chelsea some real problems as they would do, with set-pieces - corner-kicks and free-kicks - coming in. I thought they swarmed around Chelsea and I always felt they were never really out of the game.

"Bolton enjoyed success under Sam Allardyce and I felt Sammy Lee tried to get away from that style.

"Perhaps Gary Megson has come in and thought Bolton, at this moment, should go back to that style. That's in-your-face type football.

"He feels that might be best for them and they have the points on the board to prove it. But, don't get me wrong, they are still capable of getting the ball down and passing it as well.

"It will be a formidable game - it will just be tough. But if we don't go into this game with confidence, after the events at Goodison Park, we never will."


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