Date: 3rd November 2008 at 12:05pm
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Things are a bit more cheery at Planet Reebok this morning. Ricardo Gardner and Kevin Nolan should receive plaudits for their performances against Manchester City, but another man should also have a pat on the back and that is Richard Dunne.

Had the City captain not clattered into Mustapha Riga, then it is unlikely that Gary Megson would have made the substitution that changed the game. He then capped a fine afternoon (for the other team) by scoring an own goal.

It is not the first time that Dunne`s efforts have been good for Bolton. In the 2005-6 season he gave away a penalty at Eastlands that resulted in a completely undeserved victory for the Whites. City hit the bar on five occasions that day. In the reverse fixture, he laid the ball off perfectly – for Kevin Nolan, and the Bolton skipper gratefully put his side two goals to the good.

Dunne is well regarded in many quarters, but against Bolton, he`s a pleasing liability to his own team. Long may it continue.


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