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Poor goals cost us - Harry

Harry Redknapp admitted 'poor goals' caused our downfall at Bolton on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp admitted 'poor goals' caused our downfall at Bolton on Saturday.

We hit back late after trailing 3-0 but it was ultimately another afternoon to forget at the Reebok Stadium.

The ever-dangerous Kevin Davies struck twice, the second from the penalty spot, as the home side looked to be coasting to victory with 15 minutes remaining.

But we gave ourselves a chance of turning it all around with two goals right out of the top drawer.

First, Alan Hutton cut in from the right before curling left-footed into the top corner and then Roman Pavlyuchenko hit a thunderous volley to make it 3-2 with four minutes left.

Four minutes of added time gave us more hope but Bolton played the extra minutes well and clinched the Premier League points when Davies sent Martin Petrov clear and the Bulgarian finished well for the final 4-2 scoreline.

"It was exactly what I expected from Bolton," said Harry afterwards.

"They got after us. They weren't going to stand off and let us play. They worked their socks off and made it difficult.

"In the first half I thought we looked fairly solid and had a couple of opportunities when Gareth broke down the left and crossed balls that we might have got on the end of.

"We went with two men up in the second half but became very open, too open as a team.

"At 1-0 down we had to go for it, you can't just sit there. But at the same time, if you open up, you don't expect to shift the goals we did."


Bolton opened the scoring when Sandro was initially caught in possession and Harry was far from pleased with the second goal, a strike from Gretar Steinsson, unmarked on the edge of the box and the third, a penalty after Benoit Assou-Ekotto nudged over Chung-Yong Lee.

"We conceded poor goals, the penalty was a poor penalty, a nudge in the back," added Harry.

"The second goal as well, we had bodies in the box but we didn't go out and press the ball. We all dropped off. That was a poor goal from our point of view.

"The front six were too open and didn't give enough protection, we were too open. We were looking to score and almost every time they attacked it was two on two at the back. Davies is a problem and I thought Gallas did well.

"These are lessons we have to learn. Sandro in midfield, the ball came in to him, he probably thought he had all the time in the world because they drop off in Brazil, you can play, but suddenly 'bang' and Muamba had robbed him. The ball's shifted to Davies and we're 1-0 down.

"He has to learn that lesson, you don't get that time in England. But he'll be a good player for us, I like him.

"Take nothing away from Bolton, they worked their socks off and pressed us all over the pitch, Owen has got the absolute maximum out of them."