Megson unsure of progress

07 December 2007 07:47
Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson refused to contemplate qualification for the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup despite a 1-0 win over Crvena Zvezda moving them to the top of Group F. Gavin McCann's first goal for the club moved the Trotters to the brink of qualification for the last 32 on Thursday evening. However, Megson, who named a much-changed side in Belgrade, has warned his players that their patchy home form in the competition could still be costly. Bolton have played all their group matches and currently sit on six points, but rivals Bayern Munich, Braga and Aris could all also reach that mark in their final round of fixtures. "We have done what we have to do tonight," said Megson, whose side could only draw at home with Braga and Aris earlier in the campaign. "If we do not progress it will be down to our home results. They have put us in a tenuous position." Meanwhile, Megson has defended his decision to rest of a number of key players ahead of their Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic at the weekend. "I felt it was the right thing to do," he added. "Some players out there are internationals and have played big games in their careers. We knew they would be competitive and that's how it turned out."

Source: ESA