Whites skipper Davies admits league table looks 'scary' after Watford loss

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

KEVIN Davies believes Wanderers’ league position should be a wake-up call for the club.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford has left the Whites hanging just two places and three points above the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand on most of their rivals.

Manager Dougie Freedman insisted he was not concerned that the club would be dragged into a relegation fight and has called for players and fans to “stand together” in order to turn things round.

And while club skipper Davies says the issue has not been discussed in the dressing room, he admits the league table does make alarming reading.

“It’s difficult,” said Davies. “We were expecting to be at the top end and it’s been a difficult couple of years for us as a club.

“There’s been a lot of changes. I didn’t expect us to go down from the Premier League, I thought we’d be okay, and it’s difficult to take.

“We’ve got a fantastic squad and we’ve missed key players – Stuart Holden, Chung-Yong Lee and David Wheater – but we hold no excuses. We’ve got a good enough squad and we shouldn’t be where we are – but we are.

“It [relegation] has not been mentioned, but it’s frightening to look after the result against Watford and see how close we are down there. It’s quite scary.

“But we’ll stick together, will keep working hard on the training ground and everything is in place; the squad, the manager and it’s a fantastic club.

“We’ve just not managed to put anything together this year; no back-to-back wins and it’s been very inconsistent really.”

Freedman was pleased with the performance if not the result at Vicarage Road.

Marvin Sordell gave his side the lead from the penalty spot before Matej Vydra quickly restored parity.

Wanderers struck the woodwork twice in the second half but were eventually beaten by a fine finish by Almen Abdi with 20 minutes remaining.

Freedman labelled talk of the drop as unhelpful and is adamant the tide will turn sooner rather than later.

“I am not concerned at all,” he said. “What I am concerned about is winning games of football.

“The way we are playing, we are not far away from these teams. We need a little bit of luck to hold onto a win.

“The disappointing thing today was we conceded so soon after we scored. “I have been here a thousand times as a player and a manager and we have the quality in the squad to springboard us up the league.”

Asked whether he could understand fans' concerns, the Scot reiterated his view that the situation was being blown out of all proportion.

“I don't understand it at all,” he said. “I don't think that way. I understand that people have got to sell newspapers so you have got to bring up that story.

“But if anyone wants to help us and is a true fan they have got to get behind the team. The team needs all the support it can get right now.

“I just know that if you have any idea of what you are talking about we have been performing very well. It's just small things that happen in football.

“What you have got to do is keep performing because any team that performs over a long period of time will win games.”

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