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Friday 04 May 2012

Davies ready for 'massive' contest

Bolton skipper says Sunday's fixture against West Brom is a 'must win' match

Kevin Davies scored twice in Bolton's recent draw at Sunderland

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies says Sunday's match against West Bromwich Albion will be one of the biggest of his career.

With two Barclays Premier League matches remaining, Owen Coyle's men occupy a relegation spot in the table, although they are only behind Queens Park Rangers on goal difference.

They host the Baggies on Sunday before travelling to Stoke on the final day of the season.

"For some of the players, Sunday could be the biggest game of their careers"
- Kevin Davies

Davies told the Bolton News that Sunday's match was a 'must-win' occasion for the Trotters.

"Sunday becomes a massive game for the club, for me, for everyone," he said.

"It's one of the biggest games I think I have played in since I have been here.

"For some of the people selected on Sunday it could be the biggest game of their careers.

"To compare it, I can only think of a few years ago when we went down to Chelsea [in the final match of the the 2007/08 season] and it was going to take a big swing in goal difference.

"That went to the last game, but we were safe really.

"We know what is required and it’s going to take people to stand up and be counted. There is no hiding now."

Davies scored both Bolton goals in their recent battling 2-2 draw at Sunderland but could not find the net in Wednesday's 4-1 loss against Tottenham.

Survival target

The forward said the club needed at least four points from their remaining two games to ensure Barclays Premier League survival.

He added: "We have to beat West Brom, that’s it.

"If QPR or Villa win on Sunday then we’ll have to go to Stoke on the final day and get something as well.

"Anything can happen, but realistically we’ll need at least four points from the last two games.

"We are trying to do it the hard way but I do know Sunday is a must-win game and that we’ll need to be stronger than we were against Spurs."

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Key Points

  • Bolton's Kevin Davies says Sunday's match against West Brom is vital
  • Bolton currently in Barclays Premier League relegation zone on goal difference
  • Skipper says club needs at least four points from final two matches to survive