Sam Pleased To Snatch Draw

Last updated : 03 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce has said that he is happy at how his players responded to earn a replay after going a goal behind during Saturday's FA Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Allardyce is pleased his side managed to avoid a potential cup upset thanks to a Kevin Nolan goal in the final quarter of the game but says he could have done without the pending replay. The Bolton manager was quick to praise Brian Little's team who at times played some good football and gave Bolton a decent game.

"It keeps the momentum and the morale going as it is another game we have gone without losing. It was a hard earned draw by ourselves, particularly in the second half when we had to cope with Tranmere at their very best.

Veteran goalkeeper Kevin Poole and goalscorer Kevin Nolan where given special praise by the Bolton manager after their contribution played a big part in keeping the Trotters in the competition.

"Pooley kept us in the game - the old cat. He made some fantastic saves and Kevin Nolan took full advantage of Tranmere not capitalising on their opportunities."