Posts tagged ‘Mark Davies’
The club have just officially confirmed via Facebook that Mark Davies faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines -
Mark Davies has been ruled out of action for up to ten months after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
This news comes undoubtedly as a massive blow to the manager, players and fans alike in the hopeful bid for promotion this season.
It seems appropriate to continue the Benjamin Button theme from my last report by beginning this one by naming my Man of the Match, something I normally leave to the backend.
Mark Davies was the only contender. It’s true that he was only on the field for twenty four minutes but if ever a game illustrated the importance of little Sparky to Dougie Freedman’s Bolton Wanderers, this was it. While he was involved, we played with the same fluid panache that we displayed against Hull. After his injury all the stylish verve drifted away and we struggled to either maintain or increase our lead against the bottom club in the league.
Of course, Davies wasn’t involved in everything in the first quarter but, as I wrote in the Hull report, he is the catalyst. Fortunately, our defending has improved and Peterborough’s finishing was woeful, but it was a close run thing.
Some good news for Bolton fans, Mark ‘Sparky’ Davies is on the verge of signing a new deal with the Whites, which will tie him down until 2017.
Sparky, who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury should put pen to paper by the end of the week. It seems not long ago Davies was attracting attention from the likes of Michael Laudrup and Swansea, with many predicting the midfield maestro possibly moving on, leaving then manager Owen Coyle a huge problem in the middle of the park.
On 22nd August 2012, Bolton Wanderers Chairman, Phil Gartside set out his major goal for the season:
Despite relegation on the last day of last season, many experts and fans alike shared the opinion Bolton were one of the main candidates for automatic promotion. However with a series of uninspired performances, a changing of the management team, the worst away record in the Championship and failure to pick up back to back wins so far have left this unlikely with the bookmakers for one, as of today, BET 365 have odds as high as 33/1 for promotion back to the Premier League.
Well this was different. Leaving home at two o’clock, sitting among the vocal element, or rather, standing – apparently nobody sits at an away game – and being home in time to watch the six o’clock news. That said, it was another draw and many aspects of the game were all too familiar yet there was also much to savour. My view from behind the goal wasn’t brilliant and what was going on at the other end wasn’t always clear, the lights at the John Smith Stadium aren’t over bright, but I’ll do my best.
I travelled to the game with three Huddersfield supporters and none of us knew what to expect from our respective heroes. Town began the season well but have gone backwards; we all know about our lot. Dougie made the customary three changes and reverted to playing with a single striker. We began with Bogdan; Ricketts, Mills, Knight, Warnock; Andrews, Spearing; Eagles, Mark Davies, Chung; Kevin Davies. Both clubs have non-firing strikers; neither Sordell nor Huddersfield’s Beckford were in their respective squads.
For the second home game in succession I was brimming with anticipation. Despite the disappointment against Barnsley, the undeserved yet heart-warming, last second draw at Brighton and what was reported as the performance of the season against Blackburn, meant that hope was, once again, springing eternal in at least one human breast. By the end, however, anticipation and hope lay dashed in the wreckage of a display that opened with promise but degenerated into a shambles as bad as anything that Megson or Coyle produced. We were the better team for an hour; by the end we might have lost by two or three goals.
First the bare bones of the game. Stephen Warnock was, I think, suspended; the introduction of Alonso in his place was one of three changes Dougie made in the eleven that had beaten Blackburn. We began with Bogdan; Mears, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso; Eagles, Spearing, Andrews, Mark Davies; Kevin Davies, Ngog.