For most football observers, Bolton Wanderers have a chance of progress in the UEFA Cup after winning 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium on Thursday against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Bolton captain Kevin Nolan believes that the Premiership strugglers can nick an away goal at the Calderon in the return leg of the tie and progress into the next round.
Nolan, ever the optimist, says:
We have been solid but the main thing is the performances over the past four or five games, the basics have been fantastic and that is why we have been getting the results that we deserve.
I think the lads have been brilliant for the last four or five games as I said before , I think we have had four clean sheets in five and the one goal we did concede was two yards offside so we are not doing too badly at getting back to basics and being solid and making sure we are difficult to beat, and that is what we have to do over there [in Spain].
But we are under no illusions, it is going to be tough over there but we have got that advantage and I’m sure with the quality we have in the squad we can nick a goal too.
We are in the last 32 and this is the last cup competition we are in, so this is massively important to us.
It will be more than tough actually to score at the Calderon. Even if Bolton do score, Atletico do have the ability and the record to pile up a few of their own at home. To win this last 32 tie, Bolton need to go to the Church everyday from now on.