Davies: Three's the magic number
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Davies believes Bolton's three-pronged attack is beginning to pay real dividends.
Kevin Davies believes Bolton's three-pronged attack is beginning to pay real dividends for Sam Allardyce.
After the signing of Nicolas Anelka the balance of the Bolton frontline was disrupted somewhat, but the French star has come into his own in recent weeks, scoring six in his last seven outings.
Both Davies and El Hadji Diouf have also played starring roles in The Trotters' rise to joint third place in the Premiership, with a 2-1 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day taking them above Liverpool and equal with Arsenal in the table.
The win at The Reebok Stadium saw Bolton return to their favoured 4-3-3 formation after surprisingly adopting a more conventional 4-4-2 shape against Manchester City.
Now Davies - who returned from suspension to face The Magpies - has warned Bolton's rivals that Allardyce's trio of attackers are developing a highly productive understanding.
"I was a little bit surprised to be playing today [Tuesday] after the lads played so well at the weekend. We changed it a little bit but I'm happy to be back in the team," Davies told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"Nicolas is starting to score some important goals for us. Dioufy is doing the business out wide and getting some quality crosses in, so it's working well for us.
"We have got a few goals between us now, and when one person isn't scoring, the other ones tend to pick up, so that's good for the team."