Megson confident of Bolton survival

Gary Megson believes he can steer his Bolton side out of trouble and has no fears about his job despite Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves.

Megson sounded a note of realism following the defeat at Molineux that leaves them second bottom of the table.

Substitute Johan Elmander pulled a goal back with 12 minutes remaining after Jody Craddock and Nenad Milijas had scored for the home side.

Bolton have now failed to win in five league games but Megson said: “You do become immune to the criticism. Results are not coming but we are not a million miles away from the middle of the table.

“You know it is going to be close throughout the season but we need to get results.

“People talk about pressure and the problems we’ve got. But we are in a great profession.

“I don’t want to play that down but there are three million unemployed in this country, we are fighting a war in Afghanistan and there are all sorts of things going wrong in the country.

“It is not a case of pressure. You get the phone-ins, you get people writing in but you get on with it.”

Craddock’s goal came following a flick-on from Christophe Berra and even Wolves boss Mick McCarthy admitted it was offside.

Megson said: “It was a shocking decision. Chris Foy has been badly let down by the linesman.

“I just said that to him (Foy) at half-time. Referees have a really difficult job. I think most people would like a camera in the box but you don’t need a camera for that instance, it was so obvious.”

Serbian midfielder Milijas, a summer signing from Red Star Belgrade, extended Wolves‘ lead in the 63rd minute with a stunning strike after being recalled to the side.

It paved the way for their first win in nine games and came on the back of a disappointing defeat by Birmingham.

McCarthy said: “Nenad did not settle straight away. The Premier League is a bit of a harsh playground.

“I expected what I thought I was buying. He coped with what was a physical game today; he didn’t when he first came.

“If he plays like that every week he will be in the team. If he doesn’t, the rubber will come out.

“You need that class as well. You cannot run around for 90 minutes just huffing and puffing. His deliveries from corner kicks and free-kicks were sensational.

“It was a fabulous response to being beaten at home by Birmingham. It was essential we did that despite being embroiled in a scrap at the end.

“Our first goal was offside but I think we deserve a bit of luck. A decision went our way and not there’s. I am the beneficiary of it.”

Bolton turned the screw after Elmander’s goal but failed to get the equaliser and Megson added: “We created five or six chances in the last 20 minutes but we need to start from minute one.”