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Football: Bolton in late lapse; CARDIFF...............2 BOLTON...............1.

BOLTON manager Sam Allardyce will hardly believe this result!

Big Sam had to hurry away from Ninian Park before the end - and he missed Cardiff's stunning late revival.

The Premiership side, ahead by a 53rd-minute goal from Michael Ricketts, looked on their way to victory with just 10 minutes remaining.

With their boss departed, they somehow contrived to turn it all into an embarrassing defeat.

Record signing Peter Thorne snatched a lifeline for a Cardiff side who had been outplayed for much of the afternoon when he spotted Jussi Jaaskelainen off his line and left the Bolton keeper stranded with a fierce dipping volley that flew in from fully 25 yards. Worse was to follow three minutes from the end. Welsh international defender Danny Gabbidon was Cardiff's hero as he fired the winner with a glorious overhead kick. Allardyce made wholesale changes for the last half hour, bringing on no fewer than six substitutes. Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence said afterwards: "They are Premiership and we are not and it showed for much of the time." That won't stop Allardyce hammering home the lesson that determination and courage are just as important as the qualities he has in his squad.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2002
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