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Bolton boss Gary Megson hits out at booing fans

Bolton fans hold up a banner
Bolton fans made their feelings known towards manager Gary Megson

Manager Gary Megson has told the Bolton supporters their booing of him is affecting the team's performances.

The home fans hit out at Megson after he took off goalscorer Ivan Klasnic, with Bolton leading fellow strugglers Hull 2-1 on Tuesday.

The Tigers then equalised, leaving both sides in the Premier League's bottom three and Megson told BBC Radio 5 live: "It has started now to have an impact.

"It's difficult for the players to be playing in that atmosphere."

Klasnic scored his sixth goal in eight league matches in the first half before Kevin Davies made it 2-0 after 61 minutes.

Everyone has an opinion, but mine has consequence therefore it becomes a decision

Gary Megson

But two goals from Stephen Hunt earned a draw for the visitors, with the home fans greeting the final whistle with more booing and banners and chants calling for the manager's head.

However, Megson defended the decision to take off Klasnic, who is on a season-long loan deal from Nantes.

"I would make exactly the same decision I did again to try to keep hold of the game and keep that momentum," he insisted.

"I made it against Burnley in a game I felt was slipping away from us and we got a point and no-one said 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 it was impossible for him to win over the Bolton fans, a despondent Megson replied: "Yes."

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