West Brom 1 Bolton 1: Koren late show denies Megson the perfect return

22 March 2009 12:03
Gary Megson was more upset by Bolton's failure to complete the victory he insists they deserved than the sending-off which marred his emotional return to The Hawthorns.

The former Albion manager was given a standing ovation at the start by supporters who remembered how he led them to two promotions in three seasons before being given the sack five years ago.



Matt finish: Taylor celebrates after scoring against Bolton

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While the Albion fans spent much of the following 90 minutes yelling complimentary chants in his direction, Megson's team set about trying to secure a victory and they were only denied by Robert Koren's deflected shot eight minutes from time.

But Megson's frustration grew over his inability to make a late substitution and he vented his anger at a linesman and was sent to the stands by referee Howard Webb, to sour an afternoon which had begun so promisingly.

Good fortune: Robert Koren (right) celebrates after Bolton Wanderers' Dan Shittu deflected his cross into his own net

'The reception I got from the West Bromwich fans was humbling because I wasn't expecting it,' said Megson.

'But I've no complaints about being sent off. I got the hump with the referee. I told the linesman I want to get Ebi Smolarek on at the next break in play. But when the ball went out they just carried on.'

Heads up: Bolton's Gary Cahill, center, and Jussi Jaaskelainen, center left, battle for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson

Megson was far less sanguine about the result that keeps Bolton too close to the relegation battle for comfort.

'I'm not happy with a point,' he said. 'I thought we were well on top and I can't remember them having a shot apart from the goal - even that wasn't on target until it hit Danny Shittu on the thigh and was deflected in.'

The feature of the match was an individual contest between hardshooting Matt Taylor of Bolton and Albion's former England keeper Scott Carson.

Downwards: Sebastien Puygrenier (right) holds off Jay Simpson

Eventually, Taylor volleyed in from 20 yards in the 67th minute. Then an injury to Sebastien Puygrenier caused disruption in Bolton's defence and that led to the equaliser when Koren's cross-shot was deflected in.

The draw leaves Albion firmly rooted to the foot of the table and their boss Tony Mowbray said: 'Those are the sort of games we hope to win.'

 WEST BROM NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB

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Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough

Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea

Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal





 

Source: Daily_Mail