Gary Megson is urging his Bolton side to maintain their work ethic when they face Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Cup tonight.
Despite the defeat by Portsmouth which leaves them just above the relegation zone, Megson has been delighted with the players' commitment since he arrived in October and he is looking for them to bounce back against one of the tournament favourites.
"I always looks at the effort the players put in, " he said. "Never once have I had to question the fact there are one or two people who don't really fancy it or don't put a shift in. The players always do – and have done so from day one. They are a great set of lads. They are great to work with and want the best for the club. At times against Portsmouth we were not fortunate enough. But they always give it a go."
Bolton's new recruits Gary Cahill and Matt Taylor are set to make their Uefa Cup debuts. The former Real Madrid star Ivan Campo is also included after being omitted in the earlier rounds. Gretar Steinsson and Tamir Cohen are cup-tied while Heidar Helguson (back) and Joey O'Brien (hamstring) remain doubtful through injury.
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