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Megson angered by 'pathetic' fans

Bolton manager Gary Megson reacts after Benni McCarthy scores a late equaliser for Blackburn
Megson has never been a fans' favourite at the Reebok Stadium

Bolton manager Gary Megson has hit back at the fans who taunted him following the 2-2 draw at Blackburn on Tuesday.

Wanderers squandered a two-goal lead at Ewood Park, which sparked an outpouring of vitriolic abuse towards Megson from a large number of the travelling fans.

"The reaction was astounding and I am disappointed," he told the Bolton News.

"I've had to cope with it for a long time. I don't like it, it's pathetic, and I believe it is having an adverse effect on the team's performance."

If your face doesn't fit, it doesn't fit

Bolton boss Gary Megson
Matthew Taylor and Kevin Davies had put Bolton 2-0 up at half-time, but Stephen Warnock pulled one back and Benni McCarthy levelled late on to deny the Trotters a first win in five league games.

"I wouldn't say they are fickle because I've had it from day one - most managers get a honeymoon period," added Megson, who succeeded Sammy Lee as manager at the Reebok Stadium 15 months ago.

"Look at (Blackburn manager) Sam Allardyce. He's not been there long, but they were 2-0 down at half-time and hadn't even come close to our goal, but there's no kind of reaction like that.

"You have to wonder about the intelligence of these people - it has to be heard to be believed to be honest.

"As a football club and as a dressing room, we have to try to keep that negativity away from what we need to try and do.

"And will I ever win them over? No, no chance."

Megson had inherited a Bolton side that were bottom of the Premier League table in October 2007, but he led them into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup as well as staving off relegation.

"I took this club further than it's ever been in Europe," he said.

"I kept them up after having five points from 10 games, I've taken the wage bill down.

Megson felt Bolton ran out of steam against Blackburn

"I haven't spent a lot of money in doing that. I think it works out at 2.5m. Others have spent around 90m.

"Some are below us and I don't hear the same reaction from their fans.

"But if your face doesn't fit, it doesn't fit. You have to accept that.

"The players, myself and my coaching staff accept it. We are as one. We have to get on with it.

"If people think that's helpful, that's up to them. I'm sure we can't do anything about it.

"We're having to cope with this atmosphere which is hostile and very, very difficult for everyone."

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see also
Blackburn 2-2 Bolton
28 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Bolton 0-1 Man Utd
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Arsenal 1-0 Bolton
10 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Megson appointed Bolton manager
25 Oct 07 |  Bolton

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