Chris Coleman won’t be panicked into ringing the changes despite Fulham’s 5-1 hammering at Manchester United.
The Fulham boss accepts full responsibility for the Whites’ thrashing on the opening weekend at Old Trafford but won’t be changing his plans for the visit of Bolton Wanderers to Craven Cottage tonight.
“There won’t be many changes because that would be a knee-jerk reaction. It wouldn’t have mattered who I had out on Sunday. It would be an excuse from me to change the team drastically and I won’t do that. It would look like panic and that I had no confidence in the players. I won’t pass the buck because the buck stops with me. I won’t blame the lads – I pick the team and send them out.”
Coleman knows not to underestimate Sam Allardyce’s side who will eager to inflict more misery on Fulham at Craven Cottage.
“We must bounce back against Bolton. I watched them on Saturday and they were good. They are organised, strong, powerful and good at what they do. They could have beaten Tottenham by the same score United beat us – they were much better than Spurs.
“If we don’t show a bit of character we will be going into our third match on Saturday without a win. Physically we’re fine, we’ve just got to get it right mentally. We’ve got a good home record against Bolton but it’s a new season.”
The Fulham manager has huge respect for Allardyce, who he feels was unfortunate not to be more seriously considered as Sven Goran Eriksson’s successor with England this summer.
“The reason Sam Allardyce didn’t get the England job was not because he wasn’t good enough for it but because he’s very outspoken and is his own man. Steve McClaren will do a good job but he’s a different type of person to Sam. I never thought Sam would get the England job because of the type of character he is. His style wouldn’t sit comfortably with the FA.
Coleman confirmed that Michael Brown should be available for selection despite suffering from blisters but former Bolton midfielder Claus Jensen will miss the meeting with his old club with a calf complaint.