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Quest for survival as Megson brings struggling Bolton to the Lane

PUBLISHED: 15:28 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:59 07 September 2010

STRUGGLING Bolton gave themselves a real chance of Premier League survival when they beat West Ham at Upton Park two weeks ago. However, that vital 1-0 victory paled in comparison to last Saturday s victory at the Riverside which lifted them out of the bo

STRUGGLING Bolton gave themselves a real chance of Premier League survival when they beat West Ham at Upton Park two weeks ago.

However, that vital 1-0 victory paled in comparison to last Saturday's victory at the Riverside which lifted them out of the bottom three.

But Gary Megson's 16th placed outfit remain just one point above Birmingham, who top the relegation zone.

Bolton, who bagged a Uefa Cup place at the end of last season, have been considered a solid mid-table side but, apparently unsettled by the departure of long-time manager Sam Allardyce, have struggled throughout this campaign.

Sammy Lee, Allardyce's replacement, was unable to ignite the Reebok outfit's passion and was soon replaced by Megson.

But times have been tough for the Trotters and in recent months have looked destined for relegation. Yet, a goalless draw against Manchester City in March - their first point for seven weeks - sewed the seeds of revival.

Losses to Arsenal and Villa followed but Megson's men grabbed their first three points since their February win over Reading, when Kevin Davies scored against the Hammers.

Gavin McCann followed up Davies's example when he bagged the only goal in their crucial win over Boro last week while skipper Kevin Nolan feels there is strong belief and confidence they can avoid the drop.

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