Davies wants Whites form to hit a consistent run

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

KEVIN Davies has called for Wanderers to finally put an end to their inconsistency and prove they are an improving team under Dougie Freedman.

After Saturday’s 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic, the Whites go into this weekend’s clash with Peterborough United looking to string back-to-back league wins together for only the fourth time in four years.

Davies admits the battle cry sounds familiar but the stability shown since Freedman’s arrival – a run of just one defeat in nine – gives him reason for optimism that the team can secure another good result at London Road.

“We’ve had a positive result a few times and not followed it up,” he said. “Frustration is a word I’ve probably mentioned 50 times this year.

“It’s important that we carry on working hard. If you slack off you won’t win games, it’s not possible in this league.

“We have been improving and we do have to keep our form. We’ve had two good back-to-back performances and it’s important we carry that on.”

Owen Coyle managed to string back-to-back league wins together just three times in two-and-a-half years, primarily in the Premier League but failed to do so after the club’s relegation last season.

Progress since Freedman’s arrival in October has been checked by a series of drawn games but Davies believes the style of play he has introduced is geared towards getting results.

The patient approach worked a treat against Charlton, although Wanderers did have to filter out some of the frustrations on the terraces as they tried to break the Addicks down.

“It was hard to gauge,” Davies said. “We were passing the ball well without creating too many chances, but we knew they were going to be hard to break down, they get everybody behind the ball.

“So we came in at half time and there were a few jeers and stuff from the fans but we just felt we had to keep prodding away.

“In this league we feel they are working so hard against the ball that sometimes it takes 70-odd minutes to grind a team down, and that worked on Saturday because David came on and won the game for us.”

Davies also reckons that Wanderers are a more unpredictable opponent nowadays.

“The fans want to see good football and we did at times play good football against Charlton,” he said.

“But the manager said sometimes we have to try to figure it out, to change things a little bit, and that’s something we did more in the second half.

“We also started getting the ball down more. You can’t be too predictable; you have to keep mixing it up a bit.”

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