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AWKWARD INTRODUCTION

Posted on 21 August 2006  - 12:00

Bolton away on day proved to be a tough Premiership baptism for new striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Bolton away on day proved to be a tough Premiership baptism for new striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Two early goals in four first half minutes meant it was always going to be an uphill struggle against typically resolute home side and, as introductions go, there wouldn't be many more challenging ones.

However, it was the Bulgarian international who provided what attacking spark there was over the course of the game, doing enough to strongly suggest there are going to be lot of more profitable afternoons to come over the course of the season.

The striker pointed out that the examination posed by Bolton did not come as a surprise to him, although he expressed his doubts over the legality of the opening goal scored by Kevin Davies where Calum Davenport was tugged away from making a challenge.

"They are a strong physical team," reflected Dimitar in the tunnel area after the game. "We have seen the first goal in the changing room though and it is clear there was a foul against us.

"We didn't play well and we will need to play better in the next game.

"We knew how they would play, we tried to counter it but unfortunately it didn't happen for us.

"They fought the whole time and we were not strong enough on the day, but our second game will be better," he added, before looking back on his big second half chance when Robbie Keane played him in for a one on one with Jussi Jaaskelainen.

"It was a good chance but the goalkeeper was very smart. We are all looking forward to Tuesday now, we want to win and make it up to the fans."