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Bolton manager Gary Megson has told his side to have more self-belief following a hard-fought victory against West Ham at the Reebok Stadium.

They raced into a two-goal lead through Matt Taylor and Kevin Davies in the space of the opening 11 minutes. But West Ham refused to lie down and Scott Parker gave them hope with a close-range finish in the 66th minute.

Megson said: "We seem incapable of going on to make it three or four goals after going 2-0 up. It happened against Tottenham and Blackburn and it happened again today. We showed apprehension and started playing differently."

He added: "But it would be wrong to criticise the players. We have won what I felt was a vital game for us - our biggest of the season.

"We got off to a great start but we need to show more confidence in ourselves and a bit more belief. We have got good players."

Taylor made the breakthrough with a stunning free-kick from 20 yards that looped over goalkeeper Robert Green.

West Ham were still catching their breath when Davies added a second two minutes later with his 10th goal of the season after good work from Johan Elmander.

Megson said: "They were both fantastic goals. We are not supposed to do those things. It is meant to be kick and rush.

"You will not see a better free-kick taken throughout the world. I really mean that.

"The second goal was really well worked. It is Kevin's best return in the Premier League and there is still a third of the season to run."

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Tottenham Hotspur
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