Eager For Action

Kevin Davies on the international break and the prospect of three games in seven days

Kevin Davies says he and the squad are relishing the prospect of getting back into league action this weekend after what has proved to be a constructive international break.

The skipper, now in his tenth season at Bolton, believes the respite from competitive action has provided the squad with the perfect chance to take stock of a mixed start to the campaign and reassert themselves ahead of another busy schedule of fixtures.

Wanderers play three games in the space of seven days, starting with Watford's visit to the Reebok this weekend.

Speaking at Euxton on Monday morning, an upbeat Davies said: “We have a big week ahead of us and there is the opportunity to collect up to nine points. The aim is simple - to get back to winning ways as soon as we can and to start climbing the league table.

“Although a lot of the lads have been away on international duty it hasn't prevented us from doing a good, hard two weeks' training. We have spent the hours on the pitches and looked back over the videos.

“We acknowledge that it hasn't been the best of starts to the season but there is no doom and gloom around. We have identified the areas we need to improve and are looking forward to working hard to put that right with the games coming up.

“A focus has been on tightening things up defensively, not just the lads in the back four but as a team. As a unit we have to become more solid. Without the ball, we have been concentrating on defending as a team and making things harder for our opponents.

“As for Watford, like any other club in this league, they will provide difficult opposition. They had a bad result last time out, losing 5-1 at Derby, so I'm sure they will have been working on their defence too. But this is definitely a game we believe we can win.”

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