Megson urges Trotters to kick on

22 February 2009 10:10
They raced into a two-goal lead through Matt Taylor and Kevin Davies in the space of the opening 11 minutes.[LNB]West Ham refused to lie down and Scott Parker gave them hope with a close-range finish in the 66th minute.[LNB]Despite maintaining the pressure they could not get the equaliser and slumped to their first defeat on the road in the Premier League in eight matches.[LNB]Megson said: "We seem incapable of going on to make it three or four goals after going 2-0 up.[LNB]"It happened against Tottenham and Blackburn and it happened again today. We showed apprehension and started playing differently.[LNB]"But it would be wrong to criticise the players. We have won what I felt was a vital game for us - our biggest of the season.[LNB]"We got off to a great start but we need to show more confidence in ourselves and a bit more belief. We have got good players."[LNB]Taylor made the breakthrough with a stunning free-kick from 20 yards that looped over goalkeeper Robert Green.[LNB]West Ham were still catching their breath when Davies added a second two minutes later with his 10th goal of the season after good work from Johan Elmander.[LNB]Megson said: "They were both fantastic goals. We are not supposed to do those things. It is meant to be kick and rush.[LNB]"You will not see a better free-kick taken throughout the world. I really mean that.[LNB]"The second goal was really well worked. It is Kevin's best return in the Premier League and there is still a third of the season to run."[LNB]However, Parker's effort which came after a cross from Jonathon Spector set up a rousing finale and Bolton's nerves were stretched to breaking point by the end of the game.[LNB]Not only did West Ham lose the points, defender James Collins was stretchered off with a hamstring injury after just 15 minutes.[LNB]Manager Gianfranco Zola said: "I do not know how long he is going to be out but it does not look good. He will have a scan tomorrow.[LNB]"It is a pity that we will lose him for a while as James has been playing well."[LNB]Zola felt his side should have got something from the match.[LNB]"My only complaint is we did not take the chances we created, " he said. "The performance deserved something more.[LNB]"But this is football. You cannot afford to concede to Premier League teams. It is a good lesson for us.[LNB]"We were aware the first 15 minutes would be vital as we knew what kind of team Bolton are. So to lose two goals so early in the game was disappointing.[LNB]"However they scored a great first goal. He put it right in the top corner and you cannot do anything about a free-kick like that.[LNB]"Perhaps we should have done better for the second goal. That was the difference between the teams. No-one will disagree with me that we played the better football."[LNB][LNB]

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