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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 12, 2006

Big Sam still eyeing new recruits for Bolton

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce is looking to bring in another three players before the transfer window closes with one of his prospective new signings possibly on board as early as next week.

'If we could get in one up front, one in the middle and one at the back that would be enough then, ' said Allardyce following the 3-1 home defeat by AZ Alkmaar in a friendly.

'Hopefully we will have someone in by the middle of next week.'

However, Allardyce insists any new recruits would not feature in the opening Premiership match against Tottenham on Saturday.

'That would be too early for them, ' he stressed.

Instead Allardyce hopes to get some of his key players back from injury.

Kevin Davies, Abdoulaye Faye, Ricardo Gardner, Quinton Fortune and Henrik Pedersen all sat out the game against the Dutch side, who are playing in the UEFA Cup this season.

AZ took the lead in the 25th minute through former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze after Stijn Schaars had carved out the opening.

But Bolton equalised a minute later with a clinical finish from 19-year-old Johann Smith.

The result may matter little but that did not prevent the young American from savouring the moment.

Martin Martens should have put AZ back in front in the 51st minute but his effort cleared the bar from a good position.

However, the visitors did not have to wait long to regain the lead.

Schaars scored from close range two minutes later after Ian Walker had replaced Jaaskelainen between the posts.

Stelios Giannakopoulos almost pulled Bolton level in the 80th minute only for goalkeeper Joey Didulica to make a marvellous point-blank save.

AZ sealed an emphatic victory five minutes from time through substitute Julian Jenner meaning Bolton have now lost five of six pre-season friendlies although Allardyce refused to be downcast.

He said: 'The positive aspect from the game was that we do not have any more injuries. That was very important.

'The other good thing is that one of two players got more minutes under their belts.'

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