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Filed: Saturday, 12th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley states the obvious as he put a brave face on a third consecutive Premier League defeat.

"You come here, you know what to expect. With him [Ferdinand] going off we had to reshuffle and I think Bolton put a terrific effort in, in the first half. I've probably not seen a team work so hard; they put us under an awful lot of pressure.

You come to Bolton and know what to expect - everyone says the same thing but it's so difficult to deal with especially when they're 'at it' like they were first half. That was probably vintage Bolton, if you like - the way they set about it. We couldn't cope.

We came here with a big strong side, hoping to get through that because we knew it was coming. Unfortunately we couldn't - not for 46 minutes, anyway.

The goal they got was a typical Bolton goal. What you do want is lots of protection. There's bodies going in there, lots of pressure being put on people and the keeper - and they get their goal. But they deserved the result.

I think the goal changed it a little bit - they sat back and wondered what to do. They'd got themselves in front and it was so vital. We had a couple of efforts and started playing a little bit better but the keeper made some decent saves. They've got their points and they're still in there with a chance of getting themseleves out of it.

They put lots of balls in there. Nolan gets himself around the keeper and barges him, or touches him - there's a bit of confusion - and we've not cleared it. I think if you look over the last cuple of seasons that's probably a typical Bolton goal. We've not dealt with it; disappointing for us.

It's been a difficult afternoon for us. We may have got ourselves out of it - we had a couple of efforts and the keeper's done well - but overall probably not deserved to much."

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by Lee Byford
05:58PM 15th Apr 2008
''We seem to here the same thing over and over. We as supporters want to see action and results, not more 'well there's always next time's'. It's got to be the medical team that is changed or the manager ... ''

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