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Blue Monday Pleases Davis


09:00 3rd April 2013

Midfielder's thoughts on vital derby win

Wolves midfielder David Davis says that, despite being able to claim three assists in the win at St Andrews on Easter Monday, it was the team's backs-to-the-wall second half display that encouraged him most.

Davis saw his shot parried into the path of Stephen Hunt for the game's opening goal, before producing a sublime cross for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to nod the second and releasing Kevin Doyle in the move that led to a converted penalty as Wolves raced into a 3-0 half-time lead against their Midlands rivals.

However, Birmingham rallied in the second half, pinning Wolves back and forcing two penalties of their own to ensure that the visiting players - and fans - had their resolve tested as the clock ticked down.

"It was a tense finish," admits Davis. "Giving away the second penalty towards the end made the last two minutes or so really nerve-wracking, but to get the three points and our third win on the bounce was really pleasing for everyone.

"I think the second half showed the character we've got in the team though. When you're 3-0 up it can be difficult, because they know they've got nothing to lose and we know they're just going to keep coming at us."

The win - Wolves' third in a row and fourth in five nPower Championship games - lifted Dean Saunders' side up the league table, giving them a small, but - Davis believes - psychologically important cushion over the bottom three.

"Psychologically now it's a massive thing for us to put some more teams below us," he explains.

"They probably thought we were dead and buried a few weeks back so to get three wins on the spin and drag more teams into it is good for us.

"We've got another really tough game at Bolton on Saturday, but we can at least go into that one full of confidence now."

On a personal level, Davis won plaudits for his all-action display at St Andrews, and for the way in which he has bounced back following his calamitous own goal against Bristol City last month.

The 22 year-old has kept club captain Karl Henry out of the starting line-up for the past three games, and although he was keen to praise the contribution of his team-mates, admitted he was pleased with his own performance against Birmingham.

When asked if the display was his best in gold and black, he said: "Possibly - but I'm just pleased we got the points.

"To get three assists is great, but the boys still had to finish the chances off, and they did that to give us a vital three points.

"I was pleased with the cross for the second - I saw it go over the defender's head then when Sylvan got on the end of it I was buzzing - it was such an important moment in the game and it was a massive boost for us."

He added: "We're starting to show now exactly what we're about and how good a team we are - it's just unfortunate that it's taken us this long."

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