Megson Not Upset At Cup Exit

Last updated : 14 March 2008 By Sam
The Bolton boss decided to field an under strength side and Wanderers were beaten 1-0 in Portugal on Thursday night to exit the competition 2-1 on aggregate.

"You are always going to be open to criticism, but the team was strong enough," Megson said after the match.

"When you look at the team that started this game, we had six full internationals, they had one. We had four under-21 internationals and they didn't have any.

"In the end the game was tight and we had to gamble a little bit because of their away goal.

"But I'm big enough to accept criticism, although in hindsight I still wouldn't change anything.

"Now I expect all the players left behind to put a shift in at the JJB on Sunday and hopefully get us a result.

"We have been doing this for quite a while, chopping and changing the side, and there was no criticism after we beat Red Star in Belgrade, nor after drawing with Bayern in Munich and Atletico in Madrid.

"And when you look at it, we have gone as far as the other English clubs in the UEFA Cup."