The goal changed it a little bit ...

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 12th April 2008

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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