Megson defends Davies challenge
Bolton boss Gary Megson has defended Kevin Davies' challenge which injured Gael Clichy.
Last Updated: 21/09/08 1:48pm
Bolton manager Gary Megson has defended the challenge of Kevin Davies which forced Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy to undergo an X-ray.
Trotters striker Davies clattered the Arsenal defender towards the end of the first half in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to the Gunners at the Reebok Stadium and received a booking as a result.
Clichy was forced off at half-time with what looked liked a nasty injury, but X-rays have since revealed that the Frenchman has only suffered bruising.
Davies, who put Bolton in front before Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson earned Arsenal the points, has come in for criticism and allegations of an intimidating approach.
But Megson insists the challenge was purely intended to win the ball, saying: "It was nothing. Kevin has actually won the ball.
"It is nonsense to suggest anything otherwise.
"It was a fair challenge, a proper football challenge, and he was entitled to go for the ball. We did not try to intimidate Arsenal, that's a complete nonsense."
Meanwhile, the Trotters boss was able to take some positives from his side's performance.
"Our second half display was as good as it has been all season," he said.
"We defended much higher up the pitch and looked a lot more comfortable.
"Even though we scored first it was a bit of a cakewalk for Arsenal up until the end of the first half.
"They played some excellent football, hit the post twice and scored twice. It was fantastic football on their behalf but we paid them too much respect."