Sheffield Wednesday: Blades fan Kevin Davies steeled for Hillsboro’ clash

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KEVIN Davies is back in the city for a special date at Hillsborough but has Bolton Wanderers’ needs uppermost in his mind.

The Trotters star comes from Woodseats, played for United up to the age of 15 and is well known as a Blades fan.

But today it will be the first time that he has played against Wednesday since he joined Bolton.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Sheffield and I’m sure the fact that people know my connections with United will get brought up at some point,” he said, with a smile.

“But we’re going there to do a job, so we need to keep a focus going into a tough game.”

Davies, now 35, became a star at Chesterfield after being released by United. He moved to Southampton then Blackburn, who paid £7.5m for him, and signed for Bolton on a free nine years ago.

He has become a legend at the Reebok Stadium, making nearly 400 appearances, scoring 80 goals and earning an England cap.

But Bolton have stuttered after their relegation to the Championship, despite expectations of a promotion challenge, and pressure has grown on manager Owen Coyle.

The Trotters have lost all four of their away games so far: at Burnley, Hull and Birmingham, and Crawley in the Capital One Cup.

Davies admits: “The away form is a problem. We’ve been in control of games and then it’s been one attack and they get a goal, which is very disappointing. We’re being punished for mistakes and they need to be addressed.

“I only speak from my own experience but you don’t expect any football match to be easy. You have to earn everything you get. We’re going to these places with confidence, the right type of confidence, but not getting the results.”