Megson Furious With Performance

  • February 07, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Gary Megson admitted his Bolton side were off the ball in their 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Mikel Arteta had given Everton the lead from the penalty spot five minutes before the break, before Jo, on loan from Manchester City, added a double after the interval, the second from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

After the game, Megson admitted he was disappointed with his side, claiming nobody performed to their best.

"Performance? We didn't have one," Megson told Sky Sports.

"We didn't compete anywhere near as well as Everton, we will have been out run I am sure, out competed and out passed and really there's very, very few positives that we can take from that.

"That's as bad as we have been all season - we were shocking. A lot of players have played nowhere near like I know they can play.

"We haven't competed - every header we came off second best, every tackle, every second ball - its just been a really, really poor day."

The Wanderers boss also revealed how he felt at half time, and thought the second goal minutes after the break killed the game as a contest.

"Well we had wasted the first 45 minutes and just hung onto a 1-0 loss, we just didn't do anything at all.

"We spoke at half-time - or we didn't speak it was a bit irate at half-time - that we needed to start showing a little bit of pride, start competing, score the next goal and, you know, this team that we're playing against played for two hours on Wednesday but we didn't do that.

"The centre-half ran under the ball, it's a really soft goal from our point of view and the game was over.

"That's as bad a performance - we've had some poor performances - but that's as bad a performance as I've seen at Bolton and if we keep playing like that, we will be relegated."

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