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Bouncing Back

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14:00 26th March 2013

Davis vows to learn from error

Wolves midfielder David Davis says he is determined to learn from his own goal against Bristol City, despite admitting that he wanted the 'ground to open up' at the time.

The 22 year-old saw his backpass go through the legs of Carl Ikeme to give the visitors the lead in the first half last weekend, before two goals in three second-half minutes gave Wolves a vital three points.

Boss Dean Saunders has already praised Davis for bouncing back from the error, and the midfielder himself is adamant that the harsh experience will benefit him in the long-run.

"It was a bad pass from me and it gave Carl a lot to deal with, so I just wanted the ground to open up at the time really. Obviously I wish it hadn't happened, but it did, so I've just got to try and put it to the back of my mind.

"Touch wood nothing like that happens to me again, but if it does, now I know how it feels and it will hopefully help me deal with any mistakes I do make in the future," he says ahead of this weekend's visit of Middlesbrough.

Cameras picked up Davis' midfield colleague Jamie O'Hara trying to lift his team-mate with a pat on the back and an encouraging word after the own goal, and Davis says that the support of his team-mates, coupled with his own desire not to let the mistake turn out to be the game's decisive moment, led to a dominant second half showing.

"You need people like Jamie and the older lads to help you," Davis admits. "They're experienced, so it's probably happened to them in the past and they know how to deal with it.

"Jamie just told me to put it behind me, and support like that definitely helped. I knew myself that I had to respond to it so I came out in the second half and was determined to help us get the three points.

"We all had to dig in deep after half-time, but we did well and managed to get the win we needed."

The Academy product had replaced captain Karl Henry in the starting line-up for the game, with Saunders deploying Davis for the full 90 minutes for the first time since he took charge - and giving him his first start since the goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday back in January.

Although Davis admits that it was an unexpected call, he is now hopeful that he can continue to play a key part in Wolves' revival.

"I've been coming off the bench quite a bit recently, so it was a surprise to myself to start last week," he explains. "But I was obviously delighted with that, and the fact that we got the three points we needed going into the international break.

"I think we have to approach all the games between now and the end of the season thinking we have to win them," he adds, looking ahead to the clash with Middlesbrough.

"We know that Middlesbrough are on a bit of a bad run at the moment, so that could help us a bit, but primarily we have to concentrate on ourselves and on putting absolutely everything into this game and the ones coming up."

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