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Bring on the pressure, says Bolton star Morais

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Putting on Bolton Wanderers’ famous white shirt brings huge pressures – and that’s just the way Filipe Morais likes it.

The wide man, known as The Postman for his ability to deliver telling crosses, says he is spurred on by the demands of the crowds at the Macron.

The former Chelsea trainee has spent most of his career north of the border or in England’s lower leagues.

And now he has become an integral part of a side regularly plying their trade in front of 20,000 people, Morais is loving being in the big time.

“What I loved most about coming to Bolton was that, because most of my career has been in League One, it was hard for me to get up for games,” he told the club’s official site. “I wanted to be at a big club like Bolton that had the pressure and the fans are demanding because they expect because they’d been in the Premier League, so it’s a nice pressure, I really enjoy that when I play for Bolton.

“If you don’t produce they boo and I like that because it means you need to be at the top of your game because they expect. People like Jay Jay Okocha, or (Kevin) Davies up front, (Youri) Djorkaeff, (Ivan) Campo – that’s the sort of club you’re joining and for me that’s what gets me going and playing under pressure like that is great. I need that, it gets the best out of me.”

Morais proved a big hit with those same supporters after ex-Bradford boss Phil Parkinson brought his former player across the Pennines, earning his nickname for his series of pinpoint balls into danger areas.

His popularity was raised higher after Wanderers’ promotion back to the Championship and continued in the wake of their dramatic final-day survival last season.

Morais is one of a number of players having conversations with Parkinson with their deals coming to an end. And, should be be back at the Macron next year, he is keen to maintain his upwards trajectory.

“If I don’t get assists it kills me,” he said. “It’s like Adam Le Fondre, if he doesn’t get a goal he’s devastated – he loves goals and I love assists, it’s like winning a game or getting a goal to me.

“So if I’m not providing for Adam Le Fondre or the other strikers, whoever it is, after a game I won’t be happy so I strive for perfection, that’s how you need to be really.”

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