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Bolton boss Megson goes back to Allardyce blueprint

Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson admits he's going back to Sam Allardyce's blueprint to arrest their slide.

After drawing 1-1 at West Ham last night, Megson revealed: "Every one of the 11 who started the game were signed by Sam Allardyce and I think we have to go back to the way they play a bit.

"You can wave the white flag or you can keep going and we have decided to keep going. I am trying to fit round pegs in round holes."

By restoring Gary Speed, Ivan Campo and goal scorer Kevin Nolan to the team, the Bolton manager has done just that.

Campo looked like he was hiding the match ball under his shirt when the sides walked out ahead of kick-off, but he is the steadying influence in the Bolton side.

Speed, too, could have a part to play in their revival and Nolan, noted for his goals in the Allardyce era, will always be a nuisance with his surging runs from midfield.

Megson said: "Footballers play for their families first and their club second. Managers come and go, but we have to be happy with a point in the circumstances.

"We created chances and it was a fair result. We couldn't have done any more."

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