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The Trotters boss wants a positive reaction to his public dressing down of his players after their last abject performance.

Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson is hoping that the hard line he took with his under-performing squad after their woeful display last time out in losing 3-0 to Everton at Goodison Park a fortnight ago will have worked and that his players will be galvanised when they take on West Ham United at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

"We spoke about it because it was a non-event and we can't do that - I don't believe any club can," the Bolton gaffer told The Daily Telegraph earlier.

"There are some teams that can maybe not fire on all cylinders and yet have still that quality and a player in the team who can beat one or two and get a result.

"But we need to be at full tilt every time we play and when we are not it has caused us to have two awful performances this season - at Fulham and Everton.

"We know the stats from the game and we had a couple of players who were 50 per cent down on what they were in the first half of the season. It is not rocket science from that point of view but it needed to be spoken about and it has been spoken about.

"What we need to do now is use that to try to make sure it does not happen again. They are all good people and they say the right things but they knew it was a disappointment and not to expect five days off the week after, and they didn't get five days off.

"They worked and they worked hard. They knew what was coming because when things are going well you can behave a bit differently to when things are not and you can't reward that kind of performance."

Wanderers will embark on a run of 'winnable' fixtures on Saturday, with three out their next four games including the weekend's being at home. Megson hopes that his men can make use of home advantage to propel themselves up from their current position of 14th in the Premier League table.

"Whatever happens to ourselves I'm sure will be dictated by how well we do at home," he added.

"We have a fantastic opportunity with the home games we got to have a good finish to the season but we need everyone giving it everything we have got.

"We need the players bang at it, we need a fit squad and we need to put in performances that get the supporters involved.

"We have all the advantages at home. If we can get the Reebok to be a really difficult place to come then that on its own will be good enough for us.

"Our home record is nowhere near as good as we would like but we have played Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton at home.

"By virtue of that we have some of the clubs who are around the same position as us in the league who have to come here, and we have to make sure we get results against them."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

 

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