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Bolton boss Megson sees home form as survival key

Bolton boss Gary Megson feels Birmingham's home comforts could prove crucial in the battle against relegation.

Wanderers have climbed out of the bottom three after back-to-back victories over West Ham and Middlesbrough, with Blues now occupying the final relegation berth in the tense scrap to avoid the drop.

But Alex McLeish's side are the only one of the main relegation contenders who will play two of their remaining three games at home, and Megson believes that makes them the most likely to stay up.

He said: "When you look at the games Fulham, Birmingham, ourselves and Reading have got I think you would probably look and say that Birmingham are favourites because of the fact that they have got two home games.

"I know they got a poor result against Villa last week but I think one of the things they've got is a huge partisan crowd.

"I know very well from being in that part of the world and I don't think it's any coincidence the amount of penalties and free-kicks they seem to get at that place that have enabled them to pick up results.

"So I would say that Birmingham are probably favourites to get out of this because of the two home games."

Megson feels that the passionate St Andrews supporters could have a key role to play in the closing stages of the campaign.

He added: "If you look at the facts I think they have had six penalties this season.

"You look at the size of their crowd. With all due respect to, Fulham, ourselves and Reading we don't get huge crowds and they are not as partisan.

"Birmingham's really are. I have taken teams there and it is a really difficult place to go.

"I think it follows if you look at the facts of how many penalties they get compared to other people and free-kicks around the box that when you look back are a little bit iffy."

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