Megson regrets touchline dispute

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Bolton manager Gary Megson apologised to referee Howard Webb after being sent from the dug-out in the dying seconds of the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Former West Brom boss Megson was making his first return to the Hawthorns since being sacked in 2004, and was given his marching orders after becoming frustrated at not being able to put on substitute Ebi Smolarek.

"I quite rightly got sent off for getting the a*** with the referee. I told the linesman three or four minutes beforehand that we wanted to get Ebi Smolarek on the pitch at the next break in play," said Megson. "As soon as the ball went out I thought 'here we go' and they took the throw and carried on and I just got the hump and got myself sent off."

He added: "I have apologised to Howard Webb. I shouldn't be like that but you get carried away."

Matt Taylor gave Bolton the lead with his eighth goal of the season before an own goal from Danny Shittu salvaged a point for the bottom-placed Baggies.

Megson said: "I am not pleased with a point. I thought we were well on top.

"I can't remember them having a shot on target. I thought even the goal was a shot which was going wide until it hit Danny Shittu on the thigh.

"Scott Carson has made two fantastic saves, the one in the first half from Kevin Davies' header and the one at the end from Matt Taylor, has probably let them live to fight another day.

"We needed to respond to the way they played against Fulham and we did that."

Regarding the reception from the home fans, Megson said: "It was humbling because I didn't expect it because I know what they are like and they support the team."

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