Monday, 17 September 2012

Matt Mills Explains His Bolton Goal Celebration

Matt Mills put six months of pure frustration into his goal celebration as Bolton edged to a nervous win 2-1 win over Watford.

Defender Mills has endured a nightmare time since being frozen out at former club Leicester by boss Nigel Pearson.

He was axed following a 3-2 defeat by Watford back in February and packed off to train on his own.

But Mills came through his ordeal and bounced back by heading the Trotters in front as Owen Coyle's men secured a win to ease the pressure on their boss.

The stopper said: "You could see by my reaction after the goal it meant quite a lot because I got pushed into the dark at Leicester.

"You literally are at a crossroads when it happens, you can either cry or moan about it or you can work hard and wait for that chance to prove a point. That goal today was special for me."

He added: "I had to work on my own but keep focused.
"I took it upon myself to work with a personal trainer, who was brilliant for me in terms of keeping fit and body fat wise.

"I knew if I was given an opportunity you have to prove a point and I’ve tried to stay as fit as possible.

"The goal was great but I think the three points is the most important thing."

Mills put Bolton ahead in the third minute and when Kevin Davies netted just before the break, the game looked over.

But Lloyd Doyley scored only his second goal in 13 years for the Hornets to put his side back in the game.

Although he admits his effort was a fluke, with his attempted cross sailing over the head of home keeper Adam Bogdan.

Doyley said: "It was a cross, I tried to cross it to the back post but as soon as I hit it I knew it was going in.

"It was good to get my second goal but we were still 2-1 down. We came here to get three points, and it would have been nice to get a result but we didn’t but we will just move on.
"We will take the second half as a positive and try and start like we did  in the second half."

His rare goal was a highlight for a Watford side still trying to find some rhythm following the influx of players from the continent during the summer.

Doyley added: "It takes time. A lot of people have come from Italian and Spanish football, which is different to the Championship.

"The ones that have been playing have been doing really well. A team, takes time and that’s what we are working on."

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