Megson blasts Davies critics

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Bolton manager Gary Megson has branded criticism of striker Kevin Davies "ridiculous" and insists he will prove the ideal captain.

Davies, 31, was appointed skipper last week following Kevin Nolan's shock move to Barclays Premier League relegation rivals Newcastle and immediately vindicated Megson's decision by scoring twice to secure a vital 3-2 home win over Tottenham.

"Some of the things that I hear about him, I find ridiculous," said Megson.

"He is the most fouled player in the Premier League, yet I bet there are not too many people who foul him that get booked," he added.

"What we encourage here is that when players hit the ground, that they get straight up and don't show they are hurt.

"We don't like all the rolling around and play-acting and the sooner that everybody shows the qualities that Kevin Davies has in that respect, the better."

After a big-money move to Blackburn failed, Davies returned to Southampton where he was going nowhere until former Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce stepped in and reminded him he could still perform.

That was in the summer of 2003 and Davies has gone to prove a key figure at the Reebok Stadium, with Megson a confirmed admirer.

"It's not his fault that he is strong, honest and committed," added Megson, who sees defender Gary Cahill as the Trotters' long-term captain.

"They aren't faults, they are big strengths and people have got to start getting away from the perception of Kevin Davies and look at the reality. He gets kicked from pillar to post, yet he has only been booked three times this season. People need to start waking up to that and in terms of a captain he is everything you could wish for."
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