Boss Thanks Fans For Support

Last updated : 03 January 2005 By Mark Heys
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has praised the clubs fans for their support of the team in recent matches.

Allardyce has thanked the Reebok crowd for their vocal support during the clubs last few matches and says that it made a huge difference during the New Years Day draw with West Bromwich Albion.

"In our last two home matches the atmosphere around the stadium has been terrific.We have been through a tough period of late, but the fans have remained loyal and passionate.

"The way they got behind the players on Saturday, against West Bromwich Albion, inspired us to get the equalizer.

The Bolton manager and some of his players had previously been critical of the crowd for their reaction to the Wanderers slump in form but Allardyce has been pleased at the response that the punters have shown in the last couple of weeks.

"In recent weeks I have criticised the fans for their negativity, however, in the last two games, when the pressure has been on the players, they have responded with a cauldron of noise.

"The power of a passionate home support should never be underestimated - they can be our extra man on the field and encourage my players onto greater things.

Allardyce is confident that he can get the team back on the right track and is hopeful of building on the West Brom draw away at Birmingham City tommorow evening.

"I remain confident that we can turn our form around and give the fans something to be proud of again."