Football: Todd follows in the footsteps of Lampard and Redknapp

Leicester City 0 Bolton Wanderers 0
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Andy Todd did his father proud while earning the respect of the cynics who questioned his right to be in the Bolton team with a superb performance as the club achieved only their second clean sheet on their travels.

Critics of the 23-year-old suggested he was only in the side because it was picked by his father, Colin. But just as Frank Lampard Jnr and Jamie Redknapp have silenced the doubters with their performances on the pitch, so Todd's recent form has shown he deserves to be at the heart of the defence on merit.

"It's taken a while for him to get into the side in his right position," said Todd Snr. "He played midfield last season, right-back at times, but now he's playing in the position that I can get the best out of him. It's no problem being the manager's son. He handles it very well and takes it in his stride. None of the players think he gets in the side because of me."

Todd is all too aware that Bolton will need many more such battling performances if they are to survive, and he is a big admirer of Saturday's opposition. "Leicester had a period where they were up and down like ourselves," he said. "Now we've got back up we have to look at teams that have survived like Leicester and Derby and it's up to us to make sure we do that and I think we are capable of finishing in a respectable position."

Leicester's main problem on Saturday was the absence of the burly striker Emile Heskey, suspended after his sending off against Newcastle, which robbed them of any pace or menace up front.

Leicester City: Keller; Kamark, Guppy, Prior, Elliott, Walsh, Parker (Wilson, 62), Izzet, Lennon, Marshall, Claridge (Fenton, 62). Substitutes not used: Savage, Campbell, Arphexad (gk).

Bolton Wanderers: Branagan; Frandsen, Pollock, Blake, Bergsson, Thompson, Johansen (Gunnlaugsson, 79), Todd, Fish, Holdsworth, Whitlow. Substitutes not used: Beardsley, Phillips, Carr, Ward (gk).

Referee: G Barber (Pyrford).

Bookings: Leicester: Parker. Bolton: Frandsen, Holdsworth.

Man of the match: Todd.

Attendance: 20,464.