Davies has no time for sentiment on Oakwell return
IT will be a case of friends reunited for Wanderers forward Craig Davies when he heads back to Oakwell to face former side Barnsley tomorrow.
But he insists there is no chance sentiment will deter him from his focus on a third successive win for the Whites.
On the eve of his first return in Wanderers colours, the Wales international’s only thoughts on St David’s Day are three points in south Yorkshire.
And after scoring for the Tykes in the reverse fixture in November, the 27-year-old hopes to get a chance to find the net and get one over his old side.
Davies said: “It’s a big game for the club not me; it’s just another game.
“Obviously, I know all the people there but I just have to do my job for Bolton if I get a chance to play.
“Whenever you play against a former team it’s always an occasion and you always look at the fixture list to see when you are playing them.
“It will be the first time I have gone back to Oakwell as an ex-player, but I just want Bolton to do well now and come away with the points.
“Hopefully, the reception won’t be too bad but there were a few fans bitter about the way I left. But I think any player in my position would have done what I did. Every one of their players would have done the same.”
Davies is confident Wanderers can make it three wins in a row but is not about to take his old side lightly, particularly after a recent run under new boss David Flitcroft of eight wins and a draw before last weekend’s defeat at Bristol City.
“We haven’t lost for a few games now so hopefully we can go to Oakwell and get something,” he added. “But they lost for the first time in a while against Bristol City so I am sure they are going to look to put that right.
“They are a good team. They were unlucky a lot of the time when I was there. They played some good football but just didn’t get the results.
“Their fortunes have changed round now so it will be a tough game.
“Near enough every week when I was there we played teams off the park but we either drew or lost. But it has come together now at the right time for them.
“When they played Bolton at the Reebok, they gave us a good game.
“I am sure they are going to do the same on Saturday.”
Despite what he expects will be a tough test, the man with two Wanderers goals in recent weeks off the substitutes bench says his new side are just as difficult a challenge for the opposition after a run of five matches unbeaten in the Championship.
But he insists no-one at the Reebok is getting too carried away with reignited play-off talk.
He added: “Even when I got here confidence was good. But certain things are happening now and coming into place so, hopefully, we can keep on going and get as far up the table as we can.
“There is no point talking about play-offs at the moment – we only have two wins back to back.
“It’s not like we have put five or six together. If that happened I am sure people would start to talk about it.
“But it’s still a distance off so we need to get our heads down and keep on playing like we have been doing.”