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DAWS ON BOLTON CHALLENGE

Posted on 27 April 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson believes a tough test awaits when Bolton Wanderers arrive at the Lane for our final home game of the season on Sunday.

Michael Dawson believes a tough test awaits when Bolton Wanderers arrive at the Lane for our final home game of the season on Sunday.

Bolton have won on their last two visits to N17, so clearly there will be no easy pickings on offer as we chase three of the six points required to secure fourth place and Sam Allardyce's side seek to re-enter the UEFA via league position.

Despite not enjoying much success over Wanderers - we did record a 4-3 Carling Cup victory at the Reebok Stadium last season - the boys did put on a strong performance in the away fixture this season and dominated much of the game. Kevin Nolan's bolt out the blue sealed the win, although Jermain Defoe did have a legitimate goal chalked off shortly afterwards that would have very much altered the course of events.

"You don't always get what you deserve out of football," reflected Michael of the Reebok occasion. "You play well and lose and play badly and win sometimes.

"It is going to be a tough game and we know what to expect from Bolton. They will be a big physical side and we will have to stand up stong and give a good account of ourselves. Then we want to go to West Ham needing a win."

Bolton are often characterised as a direct outfit who tend to profit mostly from set pieces, but Daws believes there is much more to them that.

"Some of the goals they score are absolutely amazing. The one Nolan scored in the first game was a shot of real quality.

"They are a good team and they are still fighting for European football. It is down to what we do at the end of the day though."