Thursday, 24 April 2008

Kevin Nolan targets greatest Bolton achievement

Premier League survival would be one of Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s greatest achievements, says Kevin Nolan.

A 1-0 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday has lifted the Trotters out of the relegation zone with just three games remaining, and Nolan is determined to help his side finish the job and secure survival.

"Bearing in mind we lost manager Sam Allardyce at the start of the season, sold Nicolas Anelka in January, have lost Jussi (Jaaskelainen) and were without forward Kevin Davies through suspension, we did pretty well,” he said.

"From being one of the most solid and stable clubs in the Premier League, we have switched to being one where chop and change appears to be the motto. But we are getting it together again under new boss Gary Megson.

“Everybody is sticking together for the cause. If we can avoid the drop - and everyone is convinced we will - it will rank with anything Bolton Wanderers have achieved in recent times."

John Carew revels in Aston Villa triumph

John Carew has been speaking of his delight after helping Aston Villa Football Club to a derby-day win.

Martin O’Neill’s men ran out easy 5-1 winners over neighbours and archrivals Birmingham City on Sunday, and Carew has revealed it was one of the most satisfying days of his career.

“The pressure and the importance and the joy of winning a derby match against Birmingham is unbelievable,” he told Sky Sports. "Having this experience together with the fans and the club, there is nothing better than that.

“It is what every footballer is dreaming of. Everybody was just really ready to go and in the warm up we were really focused and everyone was concentrating.

"So I had a really good feeling when we went out. I felt really good before the game and I was quite sure I was going to have a good game. Everything was really great from the start to the end."