Big Sam pleased with response
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce was happy with how his side bucked up their ideas.
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce was happy with how his side bucked up their ideas to claim victory over Newcastle.
The Trotters made a poor start to the contest and were behind inside ten minutes thanks to Kieron Dyer's effort, but an own goal from Peter Ramage handed them a lifeline and Nicolas Anelka capped the fightback with a close-range finish shortly before the hour.
Allardyce has admitted his side made a sloppy start, but was pleased to see the response.
"We got off to a slow start, making a number of errors and a number of mistakes and encouraging Newcastle to take control of the game," Allardyce told Sky Sports News.
"It summed it up with their goal, the horrendous errors that we made. It is unlike us, but one mistake after another led to a goal from them.
"From then on it was going to be a question of character whether we could come back, but we fought our way back rather than played our way back in the first half and made some sorting out at half-time.
"We started to move the ball on and heaped pressure on and the front three started playing.
"Dioufy (El Hadji Diouf) was outstanding, particularly withstanding the punishment he got and I thought he changed the game with his hold-up play.
"We finally cracked it on a set-piece which Nic has popped up to score at the far post."
Reflecting on his side's equaliser, Allardyce added: "I think we were a little lucky to get to 1-1, but it was a storming effort by the players in the second half.
"It was a mix-up between the new keeper and a lad who probably didn't get a shout and has ended up putting it in the net.
"That's probably the only way we were going to get back as we were little threat to Newcastle, but second half it was completely the opposite.
"They looked like they lost their legs and got downhearted and I don't think we gave them a chance in the second half."