Sparky: Moving In The Right Direction

Mark Davies believes manager Dougie Freedman will continue to move the side in the right direction after Wanderers came from behind to secure a point against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon. 

Goals from Davies and Chris Eagles had given Freedman’s side a second-half lead, but James Vaughan’s 88th-minute strike condemned Wanderers to their fifth draw in seven games. 

Davies, whose clever back-heel set up Bolton’s second goal at the John Smith’s Stadium, is now confident that the Trotters will continue to improve and hit a winning run that will see them move up the table. 

Speaking after Saturday’s game, Davies said: “We had shown great character to get ourselves into the lead from being a goal down, which is why it is more disappointed for us not to have held on for the win.

“I think the way we are playing under the new manager is having a big impact. He wants us to play in the right way and get in those pockets of space and I think having the two midfielders sitting in front of the defence helps us a lot - and I still believe anything is possible if we are able to string together a run of results.

“We’re all disappointed because we dominated the game and should have won. I thought for the first 20 minutes we were by far the better side. We created a few good chances but unfortunately the goal didn’t come.

“They then scored against the run of play, but even after that goal, we were still very much in the game. At half time the gaffer just told us to keep going. We didn’t plan on doing anything differently and I think our quality began to shine through.

“Once we got our first goal I felt that we would go on and get a second, because we were really on top at that stage and I thought we would go on and get two and three.

“I thought that Chris was unlucky with the penalty. He’s hit the target and the keeper has made a decent save.

“We didn’t let that get us down and Chris took his goal wonderfully well. The ball initially came to me and I took a bad touch but I knew that Chris was behind me and managed to flick it into his path.

“Personally, I’m not fussed where I play. I’m willing to do a job for the team wherever that may be. I just want to make sure I’m doing all I can to keep my place in the side and popping up with a goal every now and again can only help my cause.”
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