Megson Slams Players

  • March 16, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Gary Megson has criticised his players after Bolton fell to a 1-0 defeat at Wigan.

Megson made nine changes from the game in Lisbon and was hoping his decision to rest players in Europe would result in victory against their Lancashire rivals.

However, Bolton were slow out of the traps and even with the early dismissal of Wigan's Jason Koumas, they found themselves a goal down at the break.

There was an improved performance after the break but Bolton couldn't find a way back into the game and crashed to their fourth successive league defeat.

"There's been a lot words said in the dressing room, because it's not an acceptable performance," Megson told Sky Sports.

"We didn't turn up. All our stats are miles better in the second half. Probably as a result of half-time.

"We weren't brilliant in the second half, but if we keep on playing as we did in the first half we've got no chance of staying up.

"In the first half they had a right good go. We ourselves just didn't compete."

Referee Steve Tanner was the centre of controversy, ruling out two Bolton goals and also turning down three penalty appeals, of which two looked certain.

Referring to an incident midway through the second half when Kevin Davies' header was blocked on the line by Michael Brown, Megson couldn't believe Tanner didn't point to the spot.

"He's handled it! These incidents happen all the time, but when you're down at the bottom the emphasis is on them," he continued.

With games running out, Wanderers find themselves in the bottom three, and with Fulham beating Everton earlier in the day, Megson knows his side must start showing they belong in the Premier League.

"We're in the bottom three. We've got to give it our best shot. That wasn't our best shot."

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