What The Papers Say

Last updated : 05 January 2005 By Brian Cartlidge

Diouf presence upsetting for Birmingham

Bolton striker El Hadji Diouf overshadowed the dropped Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage at St Andrew's after becoming embroiled in new allegations of spitting into the crowd as Kevin Nolan's injury-time goal secured Bolton's first win in 11 games. Telegraph

Diouf embroiled in another spitting row

Birmingham have confirmed that an alleged spitting incident involving Bolton striker El Hadji Diouf was reported to referee Uriah Rennie at half-time during the Premiership clash at St Andrews. Guardian

Nolan puts Bolton back on winning track

Bolton Wanderers gained their first win in 11 Premiership matches last night when Kevin Nolan ran in the loose ball after Maik Taylor could not hold Jay-Jay Okocha's shot deep in stoppage time. Independent

Nolan in right place to increase Bruce's displeasure

This was probably not the best time for the Birmingham City matchday programme to feature an interview with Robbie Savage headlined “Leading by example!”, although it was the perfect night for the club to offer free blood-pressure tests to their supporters. Times