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Davies earns Coyle praise

Bolton boss Owen Coyle says striker Kevin Davies is displaying the same form that earned him an England call-up in 2010.

The 35-year-old Davies, who has a solitary cap for England, rescued a vital point for Bolton in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

And the former Burnley boss had nothing but praise for his forward’s performance at the Stadium of Light.

“Kevin Davies was terrific. He is not only a wonderful player but he is a terrific leader for this football club as captain,” Coyle told reporters.

“He has been roaring back over the last couple of months showing the form that got him into the England team last year and that is what we will need for the last two games.”

Coyle said it was difficult to tell just how vital the point gained on Wearside will be in the scrap at the bottom of the league standings, but expressed confidence that his side will stay in the Premier League.

“It could be a magnificent point but equally we could have had all three,” Coyle said.

“Any point at this stage of the season can be crucial and we won’t know that until the end of the season but what I do know is that if you analyse the game we were probably worthy of three points.

“Our fate, destiny, whatever you want to call it is in our own hands. We have taken 14 points from the last 24 so we know we are on a good run of form.

“I am very confident we can avoid relegation.”

Sunderland counterpart Martin O’Neill said his side’s failure to collect the three points after leading in the second half suggests they are still a work in progress.

“It would obviously have been great for us to win because at least for (Saturday) evening, we would actually have gone into eighth position in the league,” O’Neill said.

“But I am not sure that we are an eighth-in-the-table team, that’s the point. We are where we are.

“It was frustrating not to win the game. I am disappointed, of course, but I said here a couple of weeks ago that we have work to do. That’s not a problem.”

Sat 28 Apr, 2012
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