Joey Gives Sam Selection Headache

Last updated : 14 January 2006 By Matt Bottom

"I'm just happy to be playing," he said, "because, as long as I'm playing well and the team is winning, I'm making it harder for the gaffer to drop me.

"The shirt's on my back and, if I keep playing well, it stays on my back."

"Obviously I'm delighted just to be playing," he added. "And, if the gaffer says I play full-back, I'm not going to argue about the position.

"He sees me as a full-back at the moment and I'm playing for him and for the team. If he asked me to play in midfield, I would, hopefully, do a job for him there."

Meanwhile, Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to be patient with new recruit Ali Al-Habsi in order to get him adjusted to English football.

"We have to get him to level of conditioning and awareness that a goalkeeper needs in that position in the Premiership," said the Bolton boss.

"We need to drill those basics into him or he will struggle to make a save.

"It is a bit of a long process but maybe we will throw him into the reserves or put him on the first team bench just to gain experience."