Date: 23rd December 2006 at 11:45pm
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Nicolas Anelka scored two goals to help the Wanderers beat Manchester City and spoke out about how he’s finding life playing for Big Sam.

‘First and foremost, I am delighted that I helped the team to another victory,’ said Anelka.’It is good to score, but the team must come first.Coming back to Eastlands was always going to be quite emotional for me.I spent two enjoyable years with Manchester City and I didn’t know how I was going to feel playing against them.Once I got out on the field, I was ready and to score two goals is a dream for me.’

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce took the bold step of changing his tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation to play a more regulation 4-4-2, which Anelka felt benefited his game.

‘When the gaffer explained to the squad that he wanted to change the system, I felt it was a chance to really show everyone what I can do when I play alongside a second striker.

‘Playing with two strikers gave us a new outlet and I was able to find a little more space in critical areas. That enabled me to be in good positions for both goals. I do prefer this way of playing. However, as I’ve said before, I will adapt to any situation. The normal Bolton style is very effective and I’m getting used to it and if the gaffer reverts back to this I will be happy.

‘Playing the way we did against City was enjoyable and I hope the manager will do it again. I have an excellent rapport with Dioufy and we do work well together. Our styles compliment each other and it showed on Saturday.’


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