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While I'm watching another dismal England friendly, I can't help but think back to Bolton's high watermark from the last two years, because it was almost exactly two years ago that Gary Megson led Bolton into Munich and escaped with a 2-2 draw.

I still have a copy of the Münchner Merker from the morning after, a nice reminder of the view from the top of that particular peak. The match itself was memorable for two things in particular:

1) That night, Franck Ribéry was stunning. For the hour he was on the pitch he was head, shoulders, waist and knees above everyone else on the pitch.

2) Kevin Davies was absolutely magnificent, and Lúcio had no idea how to deal with him.

Davies barely got a mention in the match report, but it was a perfect illustration of Davies credentials for England.

Lúcio had a torrid game. He struggled to marshal Davies as he likes to with smaller strikers, and whenever Kevin had the ball at his feet, the Brazilian couldn't get close enough to make a challenge. If he'd had any sort of support from his midfielders, Davies gave Bolton a chance to get an even better result than the draw they got.

I have no doubt Lúcio would rather face Darren Bent than Kevin Davies, and at the moment I can't think of a better argument for picking him.

Finally, it seems a shame that it was under-reported (or overshadowed) this week, but it's a tragedy that Dean Ashton is going to be forced to retire. Athletes like Ashton are rare and he was more than good enough to have made a dent at International level. All England fans have lost out.

Just forgetting about football for a moment, he's only 25 and he might never walk without discomfort for the rest of his life. I want to wish him all the best.

Comments

Posted by Derek on 11/16/2009

I really hope Kevin Davies makes it into the World Cup squad. He has always been consistent and i don't understand why Capello refuses to give him a chance.I am quite sure Kevin won't let him down.
Anyway, I still remember the times when Bolton had fantastic players like Okocha, Nakata, Hierro, Anelka, Djorkaeff and Ben Haim. These players draw crowds and produce stunning performances. That was when Bolton was fighting for Uefa Cup places. All these are now a distant memory. Megson has failed to bring in players of such calibre like Big Sam did. I do hope Bolton will become a solid team like before, consistently finishing in the top 10 spots in the near future.
All the best, Ashton.

Posted by Tristan on 11/17/2009

Fantastic aricle, I always love reliving some of my favorite european moments, especially when they include english clubs taking it to larger foreign clubs. Bolton were playing some of the best football I've ever seen them play this night. Also, did you have a look at that translated match report? I had quite a laugh myself when I clicked on it.

Posted by Tristan on 11/17/2009

Fantastic article, I always love reliving some of my favorite european moments, especially when they include english clubs taking it to larger foreign clubs. Bolton were playing some of the best football I've ever seen them play this night. Also, did you have a look at that translated match report? I had quite a laugh myself when I clicked on it.

Posted by Tristan on 11/17/2009

Fantastic article, I always love reliving some of my favorite european moments, especially when they include english clubs taking it to larger foreign clubs. Bolton were playing some of the best football I've ever seen them play this night. Also, did you have a look at that translated match report? I had quite a laugh myself when I clicked on it.

Posted by CAN on 11/17/2009

who can forget Norwich City Vs Bayern Munich ...

Awesome Rite?

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