Friday, 18 November 2011

Davies told to stop carrying Bolton's woes on his own

Owen Coyle reckons skipper Kevin Davies' desire to carry Bolton's troubles on his own shoulders is making him weary.

The striker's form has been patchy this season as he attempted to lift his beloved Trotters out of the relegation mire.

That has brought suggestions that age is catching up with the 34-year-old.

But Coyle reckons Davies is only suffering from sacrificing himself in a bid to turn Bolton's form around.

He said: ``He's captain and Bolton through and through so sometimes he takes too much on.

``I've tried to say that to him. First and foremost he has to be Kevin Davies the player.

``Everything on the back of that like being a leader and captain will comes with it if he concentrations on his game.''

Coyle knows from experience that playing past thirty makes Davies an easy target for his critics.

He added: ``I had it myself and I played to almost 40. If you're over 30 and you have a bad game people say your legs have gone.

``If someone has a bad game at 21, you've just had a bad game.

``If you have a good game it's because you've used all your experience. If it's a poor game it's because of your age.

``That's just something you have to deal with. You have to be strong enough to deal with the criticism. As long as people don't get personal."

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