Bolton skipper Nolan: We need fans to back us

Bolton captain Kevin Nolan has issued a heart-felt plea to Trotters fans to remain loyal in what he views as the club's "hour of need".

The Wanderers supporters booed off the players at the end of Sunday's dismal 1-0 defeat to relegation rivals Wigan at the JJB Stadium.

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Bolton played against 10 men for 86 minutes after midfielder Jason Koumas was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Gary Cahill.

The result means Bolton are firmly entrenched in the bottom three of the Premier League, and it does not get any easier as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Nolan has called on the supporters to continue getting behind the players because he knows they will struggle to stay up without their backing.

"We were rightly booed off by the fans, and although it's very disappointing to hear that and see it in their faces, we are hurting as much as they are," said Nolan.

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"I just want to plead with them, as captain and one of the main members of the team, to please just stay with us because we do need them in what is our hour of need.

"We've nine games to go, and although I believe we will get out of it and stay up, I know that at the moment it looks bleak.

"I certainly feel we've the team, the ammunition, the individuals and that we can put in the effort to make sure we're in the Premier League next season."

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