Davies Dreaming Of Survival

  • May 12, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin Davies has been dreaming of becoming the Bolton hero on Sunday by scoring the goal that keeps the club in the Premier League.

Wanderers travel to Stoke City on the final day of the season, knowing only victory will be good enough to see them retain their status in the top flight.

Should Queens Park Rangers emerge with anything from their game at Manchester City, Bolton will be relegated, regardless of their result at the Britannia Stadium.

Davies' contract at the Reebok Stadium expires in the summer and he could play his final game for the club this weekend. He admits to being unsure about his Wanderers future but hopes to go down in folklore by scoring the decisive goal that secures a 12th consecutive season of Premier League football.

"We've been close before but it's never been this desperate," Davies told The Daily Mail.

"Hopefully someone will step up and be the hero, and maybe there will be a villain somewhere along the line. I can't wait for the game to come along.

"It's a weird kind of feeling, but I've been visualising seeing all our fans down there. That nailbiting stuff going into the last few minutes, with clearances off the line, before someone emerges as the hero.

"I've been dreaming of that all week. I suppose it's similar to being in a cup final where we're going to need something heroic and if it was to be my final game, it wouldn't be a bad way to go out, doing something special to keep us up.

"It's been difficult for me emotionally, being out of the team for a while and then coming back in when we're right up against it. You feel worse as a captain if you aren't making a positive contribution.

"There have been games in the past where I've scored important goals and risen to the occasion under different types of pressure. We'd all love to be the hero in this situation.

"If we stay up, you can look at it as a chance of real glory but not just self glory. You're fighting for yourselves, your families, your futures and, of course, the club because it's not just players' jobs that are at risk if we go down. That's what we're playing for."

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