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Davies still down after drop

14 August 2012

Bolton striker Kevin Davies admits the hurt of relegation from the Barclays Premier League is yet to fully subside.

Wanderers' failure to beat the drop on the final day of last season put on hold Davies' lengthy association with the top flight across spells with Southampton and Blackburn before his move to the Reebok Stadium in 2003.

And the 35-year-old revealed going down with the Trotters cut far deeper than when Blackburn suffered the same fate in 1999.

"The contrast was quite big," he told Press Association Sport. "The Blackburn one, it didn't work out for me and towards the end I didn't really feel part of that squad or even responsible.

"Maybe I should have but I was still a young boy and you don't take on as much responsibility. Been at Bolton for the number of years I have and been captain it obviously hurts a lot more.

"I didn't expect it to happen but it did happen. It was a horrible feeling and something that not yet really gone away."


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