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Spearing apologises to fans

Bolton midfielder Jay Spearing has apologised to supporters in the wake of their 7-1 drubbing away to Reading.

Adam Le Fondre scored a first-half hat-trick for the Royals with the onslaught continuing after the restart, with Dougie Freedman's side finally scoring two minutes from time through David N'Gog.

Spearing admitted the performance was not good enough but insisted they must look to the future, beginning with Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie with Cardiff at the Reebok Stadium.

"What could have gone wrong did go wrong. We, as players, have to stand up and take responsibility because we haven't been good enough," Spearing told Bolton's official website.

"I'd like to apologise to the fans. Not one of us were anywhere near our best.

"As a group of players, our mental strength has to improve. We're in it all together and we've got to hang in there.

"We've now got to move on and get on with it. There's nothing we can do about the game now.

"There are no positives to take from the game, it's as simple as that. We have to put it behind us and look to really improve ahead of the FA Cup game against Cardiff.

"Right now, it's very difficult to take, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.

"We'll be straight back in training trying to put things right."