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Gianfranco Zola maintained goalkeeper Robert Green should not be made a scapegoat for his first Barclays Premier League defeat as West Ham manager against Bolton at Upton Park.

The England man spilled the ball twice as the visitors went 2-0 up and although the Hammers got a lifeline through Carlton Cole on the hour, substitute Matthew Taylor made sure of a first away win of the season for Bolton with a 30-yard free-kick four minutes from time.

"I do not have to say anything to Robert Green. He is a great goalkeeper," Zola insisted. "He has all my trust, all of the team's trust. Everyone believes in him."

He added: "It has been a bad day, but I am sure next game he is going to save two penalties - football is like that.

"The important thing is that you are always confident in what we are doing, because they are the right things to do for us."

Bolton boss Gary Megson hailed his side's performance.

"It was a great result for us, as was the manner in which it came for us," he said. "However, we did not really have to deal with too many clear-cut chances.

"We wanted to make ourselves solid, and knew West Ham would have a lot of possession - but most of that was going square or backwards. It did not really cause us any problems - Jussi only had some long-range shots to deal with."

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