Megson hits out at critical fans

Bolton manager Gary Megson rounded on the critical fans who boo his

every decision after the 2-2 draw at home to Hull on Tuesday night.

Wanderers looked comfortable after Ivan Klasnic’s 20th-minute

goal and Kevin Davies’ second-half header.

However, with 19 minutes to go Stephen Hunt nodded in from

close-range to spread panic in a defence without a clean sheet all

season and the Republic of Ireland international’s cross-shot

produced the equaliser 12 minutes from time.

The home fans booed Megson when he took off on-loan Nantes

striker Klasnic with 15 minutes to go to try to protect their

fragile lead and there were chants for him to be sacked at the

final whistle.

Megson has heard it all before and pointed out the dissenting

supporters had selective memories.

“At the time I make the decision (to take off Klasnic) and it

goes down like the Bismarck,” said the Wanderers boss. “But I would

make exactly the same decision I did to try to keep hold of the

game and keep that momentum.

“I made it against Burnley in a game I felt was slipping away

from us and we got a point and no-one says a word.

“I made exactly the same decision against West Ham at 2-1 and

we went on to win that one 3-1. No-one says a word.

“Today it went the other way and it was 2-2.

“I don’t understand the reaction at all. Their reaction is

one of ‘This would happen, that would happen’.

“Everyone has an opinion but mine has consequence therefore

it becomes a decision.

“When Klas scores – and it is a fantastic goal and we knew

what we were getting with Ivan – even then you are getting ‘Megson,

Megson, sign him up’.

“Who do they think brought him here in the first place?”

Asked if he thought he could not win over the fans. Megson

replied: “Yes.”

Megson felt his side deserved more from the game, adding: “It

ended up frustrating but it wasn’t frustrating at 2-0, it wasn’t

frustrating at the start – although I thought we should have done

better after taking a one-goal lead.

“It is disappointing we didn’t go on to become comfortable

winners.

“We became nervy and anxious and with the first goal Hull got

the anxiety increased.”

Hull boss Phil Brown was delighted with his side’s fighting

spirit.

“At 2-0 down you are not staring into the abyss you are

staring at ways and means of getting back into the game,” he said.

“The team spirit and commitment of these players has been

epitomised by the performance after the second goal went in and the

boys deserved to get something from the game.

“On another day we would have got three points but I’m

pleased with a point.”