Shearer warns against complacency

Last updated : 21 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

It would be understandable if the thoughts of the players were on the challenges of Arsenal and Chelsea in upcoming week, but Shearer has reminded his colleagues that they must take three points from the Trotters.

"Bolton will be as tough - or even tougher - than Manchester City because desperation will drive them on," Shearer told the Evening Chronicle.

"We may have won 10 Premiership games on the trot at St James's but we can't afford to be complacent. We've already suffered from that and Bolton cuffed us 4-3 on Boxing Day because of it.

"We feel we can beat anybody up here but we'll only do it if we give Bolton the respect we'll afford Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea when they come to our place."

And Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has warned that his players will not just roll over at St James, claiming: "We got a good point at Charlton on Saturday and must build on that. We have the platform to go to Newcastle and scrap for something."