KEVIN Davies feared his miserable week was set to continue after his penalty blunder – but could not hide his pride at the final whistle.

Wanderers laid the humiliating 5-0 mauling by Stoke in the FA Cup semi-final to rest with a breathtaking 2-1 triumph against Arsenal.

The Bolton captain thought he had blown it when his tame spot-kick was saved and Robin Van Persie equalised less than two minutes later.

But the 34-year-old was the most relieved person at the Reebok when Tamir Cohen’s last-gasp winner saved his blushes.

“I had a horrible feeling again,” he said. “I’ve had too many of them this week. We lost to Stoke, I lost at golf and then I missed the penalty.

“It took me a while to get my head right because I hadn’t missed one before this season.

“It wasn’t the most convincing of penalties but Tamir has gone down the other end and got me out of the mire.

“I couldn’t be prouder after the week we’ve been through. Last weekend was a massive disappointment but, if you take that game out of the equation, it’s been a good season.

“A lot of people were very upset and it would have been easy just to sulk and get turned over.

“But that’s not our character. The manager and staff refused to let that happen. We wanted to give the fans something to cheer about and we did. “We’ve had a good season and we’re determined not to let the one game ruin it.

“It’s been a great response from everyone and it’s nice because I can’t remember the last time we beat one of the big boys.”

Davies praised the fans for turning out in force after their Wembley misery in the biggest home crowd of the season.

He said: “I was really pleased to see all the fans here. It would have been easy for them to stay away after the expense of last weekend.

“But going out there and seeing the stadium full was great. They really got behind us and the lads responded in the right way.

“The workrate and commitment were there. They had a spell where they were putting us under pressure and we defended brilliantly.

“The fans made a huge difference. It was a full house and it showed we had their backing and it meant a lot to us. It was a great day.”