Bolton run Sporting Lisbon close

Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson will be asking 'what could have been' after his second-string team ran a disappointing Sporting Lisbon very close in their 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat.

Megson paid the price for fielding an under-strength side as Bolton followed Everton and Spurs out of this season's UEFA Cup at the last-16 stage.

Portuguese outfit Sporting were an unremarkable team, and it will be a major surprise if they go on to win the competition in May.

But against a Bolton side shorn of several stars as Barclays Premier League survival is paramount, Sporting clinched their quarter-final place via Bruno Pereirinha's 85th-minute strike to give them a 2-1 aggregate victory.

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