Megson Plays Mind Games; JOHN SIMPSON Assesses the Big Match Prospects
Byline: John Simpson
GARY Megson has had the old reverse psychology in full swing this week.
The no-nonsense boss has suggested Albion are 'ten years behind' their play-off rivals who are littered with 'international' and 'Premiership' players.
He may not be far wrong. But privately he knows Albion have a great chance of upsetting the form book.
The play-offs haven't been too kind to the Trotters. They have been involved in the end-of-season lottery six times since 1987 and been successful just ONCE.
And the scars of their play-off failures in the last two seasons will run deep.
Yet, Wanderers will enter tomorrow's first leg in peak condition having lost just one in 11.
And they will be confident of taking a lead back to the Reebok next Thursday.
Bolton have set a club record this season by recording 14 away wins thanks to their counter-attacking prowess.
And the manner in which Albion handle the 37-goal partnership of Michael Ricketts and Dean Holdsworth, plus the mercurial talent of Reggae Boy Ricardo Gardner, will be a huge factor.
But don't for one minute expect Megson to throw caution to the wind tomorrow. …