Sam Allardyce admits Bolton´s UEFA Cup hopes received an unexpected boost via the postponement of Monday night´s Premiership clash at Birmingham because of fog.

Allardyce had been geared up to reshuffle his line-up for Thursday´s group clash with Guimaraes in Portugal. But he will now have a totally fresh squad at his disposal after nearly three weeks without any action as a result of the game at St Andrews being called off by referee Phil Dowd an hour before kick-off.

Hidetoshi Nakata and Stelios Giannakopoulos were unlikely to play against Steve Bruce´s side after international commitments with Japan and Greece respectively but are now fresh for their next encounter. Allardyce told PA Sport: "This next week or so was going to be hectic with us playing on Monday-Thursday then Sunday-Wednesday."

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