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25 May 2001

Sam Allardyce says he has a tactical dilemma over which formation he will employ when Wanderers take on David Moyes’ Preston side in the Nationwide League Division One play-off on Monday at the Millennium Stadium.

Allardyce used a more orthodox 4-4-2 system when Wanderers played away at Barnsley and Wolves. He used the system against West Bromwich Albion but it proved to be disastrous for a 70 minute spell so he switched to 4-3-3.

The new formation worked as Wanderers struck back from 2-0 down to rescue the game. It was a crucial decision as it helped Bolton to a stage where they could finish the Baggies off at The Reebok Stadium, which they did comprehensively using the same formation.

Given that both systems worked well against different teams, Big Sam must decide which one will work best against David Moyes' side and their fast, fluid passing style.

"I haven't totally decided the system we will play," Allardyce said. "We went to Barnsley and Wolves with a 4-4-2 and looked very comfortable.

"I'll look at how Preston play and decide on the best system to go into the match with."

Sam Allardyce

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