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Gary Megson is happy to remain unpopular with Bolton supporters as long his players perform as they did in Sunday's 2-0 victory against Manchester City.

The result lifted the Trotters out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with their first home win since the opening day of the season but the fans were not singing Megson's praises afterwards.

The former West Brom boss said: "The fans react to what they see but they're not going to boo. They've seen a team really having a go and to be fair, they see that all the time."

He added: "As I've said before, if they're going to abuse anybody, it's better if I get it.

"They need to support the team and the support in the second half, when we really had that momentum, was as good as you're going to hear.

"One of the senior players said that we needed something to go in off somebody's backside - but you can't rely on that.

"We've not been lucky - we've played really well and we certainly deserved the win."

City offered precious little and Mark Hughes' men have now won only once in six league games and remain as inconsistent as ever.

Robinho showed plenty of glimpses of quality but the Brazilian and his team-mates could find no way past Jussi Jaaskelainen, who made several quality saves.

Hughes said: "We didn't show enough quality on the ball and Bolton, in fairness, really played well and made it difficult for us to play our normal game."

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