Run-in concerns Allardyce

23 April 2007 10:38
Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that his side could miss out on a UEFA Cup place as the race for Europe hots up. Earlier this month, Bolton were pressing hard for a Champions League spot, but successive defeats against Arsenal and Reading have left Allardyce's side looking over their shoulders at the Royals, Portsmouth and Tottenham. Bolton have a tough run-in with games against West Ham United, Aston Villa and Cheslea to come, and Allardyce is worried. He told the Bolton Evening News: "It's going to be very difficult to get something at Chelsea. We'll try, but we must make sure that we focus on the West Ham and Aston Villa games particularly, because that's more likely to be where we're going to get our points. "It looks that much tighter now. It's that much closer and it's going to make life a little more difficult, particularly with the injuries we've got and with Chelsea coming up on Saturday. "It's something we've got to cope with. I've just got to make sure we pick them up and get on with the job. "It's hugely disappointing because we didn't get what we deserved but we've got to get our heads up. We're still in a very good position."

Source: ESA