'No player cares more about Bolton than Kevin,' Megson in mood for Nolan abuse

Last updated at 16:00 03 January 2008

Bolton manager Gary Megson has condemned the supporters who turned on Kevin Nolan last night.

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The club captain was jeered when he was substituted by Stelios Giannakopoulos and the Greece winger went on to score a stoppage-time winner against Derby.

Megson revealed Nolan played through the pain barrier to help his side's drive to reach Barclays Premier League safety.

Claude Davis and Kevin Nolan

"We were all disappointed at what happened," said the Bolton boss. "You do not like to hear that sort of thing. We can all understand supporters having their own thoughts but the club is really galvanised.

"Everyone is together and no one in the dressing room was pleased with what went on. It really does not help at all.

"But it was the reaction of only a few fans, not the majority. Most of the people who come and watch football here are very intelligent.

"Those people who chose to let their feelings known might have thought a bit differently had they realised Kevin was playing with 11 stitches in his head and an injection in his ribs. He wanted to get out there."

Nolan has graduated to the captaincy from the academy ranks and, according to Megson, no-one should doubt his commitment to Bolton.

He said: "People should remember he has scored three goals in a short space of time.

"No other player here cares more about Bolton than Kevin Nolan. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He is the first name on the team sheet and will continue to be so.

"Kevin was upset but only because it was 0-0 and we were not playing particularly well. But he was swinging all over my neck when Stelios scored. That just shows you what he is like."

Megson has to make one enforced change for the FA Cup tie against Sheffield United on Saturday as Kevin Davies is suspended.

However, full-back Nicky Hunt will come into contention after recovering from a bruised foot.