Bolton belief returning – Megson

Even though his side remain in the relegation zone after their 1-1

draw at Burnley on Boxing Day, Megson feels there are reasons to be

cheerful ahead of the crucial home match with Hull on Tuesday. The

manager has seen the Wanderers defeat West Ham and draw with

Manchester City and Fulham as well as Burnley in recent weeks. The

only blemish came at Wolves but since then there have been signs of

improvement. Megson said: “The Premiership is an unforgiving

league. No-one expected us to get anything at Manchester City. “We

also had a great result against West Ham and then came to Turf Moor

where Burnley are very strong. “Manchester United did not get

anything at the ground and neither did Everton. “Although we are

disappointed did not get the victory a point is probably fair for

both teams.” Megson will be able to call on the services of Fabrice

Muamba against Hull if need be after he missed the game yesterday

through suspension. The Bolton boss insists he cannot make

wholesale changes to his side and could not freshen up his team,

even if he wanted to. “We do not have a squad big enough to do what

other clubs can,” he added. “We wanted to get all three points at

Burnley then go back to the Reebok and get a victory against Hull.

“We’ve had to settle for a point so we will now be looking for all

three on Tuesday as that is part of the plan.” Midfielder Matt

Taylor put Bolton ahead at Burnley with a superb free-kick after 29

minutes but they could not see the game out. David Nugent equalised

in the 56th minute with his third goal for the club after arriving

on loan from Portsmouth. Megson said: “Taylor’s ratio of games to

goals so far has not been as good as it was last year but he is

capable of doing that. “I was really pleased for him because he has

taken criticism this season but he is still brave enough to take

that. “It was a fantastic strike.”