Our defence is rubbish claims Bolton manager

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You can be fairly certain that Lubomir Michalik doesn’t form part of Bolton manager Gary Megson’s long-term plans. The Slovakian has been a less-than-able deputy for Andy O’Brien in the heart of the Wanderers defence recently, featuring in a 4-0 defeat at Anfield before scoring an own goal in another defeat on Saturday – this time a 4-2 reverse against Manchester City.

Megson’s men looked bright going forward against the Citizens but, as Megson says in the Daily Mirror, they need to get the defence sorted out pronto if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

“We started defending 10 seconds too late all the time. Defending comes from talking and organising, and we didn’t do either.

“Andy O’Brien is no Bobby Moore or Franz Beckenbauer, but we’ve missed him and conceded eight goals in that time. I don’t want to be too critical of individuals but we have thrown away a good result.”

Michalik wasn’t the only culprit in the Bolton defence on Saturday, with Ricardo Gardner also culpable for City’s first goal of the game. A far cry from the solid defensive play previously seen under Sam Allardyce, who we’re pretty sure would gladly tell you that himself.