Safety first for Megson

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Bolton manager Gary Megson has urged his players to end the season on a high as the unfashionable Lancashire club bid to extend their stay in Barclays Premier League to a ninth successive year.

The Trotters` tally of 37 points means they lie six points above third-bottom Middlesbrough with five matches remaining but Megson is taking nothing for granted.

Megson said: "I don`t know how many points it`s going to take to make us safe - 37 might be enough but you can`t rely on that."

He added: "We`ve got to roll our sleeves up and battle and scrap because someone below us will finish strongly, just like we did last season.

"We have to make sure that those teams don`t gain any ground on ourselves.

"The only time you can relax - and even then we wouldn't want the players to - is when you`ve got enough points on the board so that anybody in the bottom three cannot catch you.

"That`s not the case at the moment, or indeed with anybody in the bottom half of the table.

"You never know what might happen. We`ve just got to make sure that we try to pick up enough points so that whatever happens elsewhere doesn't have an impact on us."

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