Muamba happy with Bolton role
Fabrice Muamba is happy to stay in the background despite his impressive display in Bolton's 3-2 victory over Everton.
Last Updated: 26/10/09 7:27pm
Fabrice Muamba is happy to stay in the background despite his impressive display in Bolton's 3-2 victory over Everton on Sunday.
Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic stole the headlines with a last-gasp winner after coming off the substitutes' bench, but it was Muamba who made a crucial intervention at the other end with the game delicately poised at 2-2.
Everton's Dan Gosling looked odds on to give his side the lead when making inroads on goal in the 76th minute, only for Muamba to get back to avert the danger with a perfectly timed tackle.
It was a sign of the growing maturity that Muamba, a former Arsenal trainee, has shown since arriving at the Reebok Stadium from Birmingham in a £5million deal in 2008.
Although his star may be on the rise, the 21-year-old is happy to stay out of the limelight.
"I just try to do the job for the team really," Muamba said.
"In my position I have to be aware of all that is around me and he (Gosling) was a yard or two yards ahead of me.
"I knew if I couldn't tackle him right I could have been sent off but I did everything tidily.
"It's about when and when not to tackle and I think that was just the perfect timing, when I got the ball off him.
"I enjoy what I do and I don't mind being in the background with everybody else getting the praise.
"I'm just here for the team and the most important thing is that we keep winning."
Bolton boss Gary Megson praised his team for hitting back again after surrendering their initial two-goal lead, but was under no illusions as to the importance of Muamba's contribution.
"The response was terrific and it was really what I would expect of ourselves," he said.
"But we were pushing on so intent on getting that winner that we nearly lost it in doing so.
"Fab (Muamba) has his critics and there are some things he needs to improve on.
"But I don't think there was anyone else on that pitch that would have got back to Gosling and rob him, six yards out - rob him cleanly and actually take it away and pass it out.
"In trying to win it, we have to make sure we don't lose it in the process."