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Bolton 2 Leeds United 2

Bolton 2 Leeds United 2: Evergreen Davies rescues point for under-fire boss Coyle

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

21:21 GMT, 2 October 2012

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 2 October 2012

The welcomed back a cult figure but, in the end, they were indebted to an old hero.

Bolton fans may have enjoyed seeing El Hadji Diouf return on Tuesday night but, ultimately, they were more grateful for Kevin Davies.

Having spent four years with Bolton, the controversial Senegal forward was made Leeds captain for the trip to the Reebok and, for much of a frantic game, it looked an inspired choice as he created one goal for Sam Byram and started the move that ended with Luciano Becchio converting a penalty.

Main man: Kevin Davies scored twice to earn Bolton a draw against Leeds

Main man: Kevin Davies scored twice to earn Bolton a draw against Leeds

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Mark Davies, Andrews, Spearing (Petrov 62), Eagles, Kevin Davies, Afobe (Sordell 72).

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Ricketts, Pratley, Lee.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Spearing.

Goals: Kevin Davies 14, 79.

Leeds: Kenny, Lees, Pearce, Peltier, Drury, Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge,
Diouf, Becchio.

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Varney, White, Norris, Gray, Thompson, Poleon.

Booked: Peltier, Brown.

Goals: Byram 44, Becchio 50 pen.

Att: 21,255

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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Much to Owen Coyle’s relief, though,
Davies came up trumps when it mattered, scoring two trademark headers to
secure a 2-2 draw to alleviate the pressure that has been building on
his manager. Davies may now be 34 but age is not diminishing his
effectiveness.

‘The skipper epitomised everything about this football club,’ said Coyle.

‘We are disappointed not to take all three points but there was a lot to be positive about. If we keep working hard, we will come through the other side smiling. We just need to keep banging on that door.’

Had the game ended with Diouf inspiring a win, Coyle would have banging his head against a brick wall. He lamented two penalty decisions – one which was not awarded to his side, the other which was given to Leeds – but, more than anything, was left cursing Bolton’s inability to kill off opponents.

‘The level of our play at times was outstanding, probably the best it has been all season,’ said Coyle.

Leveller: Davies heads home his and Bolton's second against Leeds

Leveller: Davies heads home his and Bolton's second against Leeds

Early on it was difficult to argue with the Scot. Bolton outplayed Leeds in the opening stages and quickly made their mark. Chris Eagles was the first to test Paddy Kenny with a shot that was beaten away after 12 minutes but they didn’t have long to wait to poke their noses in front.

In keeping with the way he had started, Eagles was the provider. His wicked corner on 14 minutes picked out Bolton’s club captain in the six yard box and the former England international made no mistake when flashing a header past Kenny.

Leeds found trouble containing the home side and Bolton could easily have been double their advantage in the moments that followed as first Keith Andrews tested Kenny before Eagles smashed a searing drive off the right-hand post from 20 yards.

In front: Leeds looked to be on course for three points until Davies struck

In front: Leeds looked to be on course for three points until Davies struck

Bolton, though, lost their rhythm as the contest became tetchy and attritional with referee Phil Dowd regularly blowing regularly for fouls; the last one he awarded before the break had huge ramifications as Diouf’s set piece was converted by Byram.

That gave Leeds all the impetus they needed and their fine start to the second period was rewarded when Becchio coolly dispatched a penalty after Bolton defender Stephen Warnock had tugged down Byram.

It was the fourth consecutive spot kick Coyle’s team had conceded but, fortunately for him, Davies came good at the death to bullet in a header from substitute Martin Petrov’s corner.

‘’It’s not often you come to Bolton and feel disappointed with a draw,’ said Warnock. ‘It was probably my fault we conceded. I told Rodolph Austin to mark Kevin Davies. He was the wrong man to do it.’

Cristiano Ronaldo latest: Paris St Germain rule out move

Really Mega-rich PSG rule out bid for 'sad' Ronaldo… because Ibrahimovic is 'better'

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UPDATED:

14:27 GMT, 4 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Paris St Germain have ruled out a move for Cristiano Ronaldo – claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic is better in front of goal.

The Portugal captain whipped up a media storm at the weekend when he suggested he was unhappy with life with the Spanish champions, and a who's who of Europe's big-hitters were quickly touted as possible suitors.

PSG were put alongside the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea as being interested in his signature, but according to sporting director Leonardo, his club are not looking to recruit the 27-year-old.

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Best of the best: PSG believe Zlatan Ibrahimovic trumps Cristiano Ronaldo

The former Brazil international also implied current forward Ibrahimovic is a better player than Ronaldo, telling radio station RMC: 'We're very happy with our transfer market dealings. Many things are said about PSG – too many, maybe.

'Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player. We don't talk about others teams' players – that's respect.

Farewell Ronaldo could quit Real Madrid after admitting he is 'sad'

Farewell Ronaldo could quit Real Madrid after admitting he is 'sad'

'Ibrahimovic is the best striker in the world. So why hire Ronaldo Zlatan is unique. When we talk about the best players, there is Ronaldo and Messi – but they are not strikers. The best striker, that's Zlatan.'

Talk of Ronaldo`s unrest first came to light after he barely celebrated his two goals for Madrid against Granada at the weekend.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said: 'I didn't celebrate the goals because I'm a little sad.

International star: Ronaldo reports for duty with Portugal

International star: Ronaldo reports for duty with Portugal

International star: Ronaldo reports for duty with Portugal

'The people inside the club know why it is. I'm not going to say anything more.'

He has scored 150 goals in 149 matches for the club since moving from Manchester United.

IS THIS WHY RONALDO IS SAD

Cristiano Ronaldo could be heading out of Real Madrid after his reaction at the weekend.

Could the reason be that despite his phenomenal record in front of goal, he is 'only' the world's tenth best-paid player

These are the players who earn more:

Samuel Eto'o Anzhi €20mZlatan Ibrahimovic PSG €14.5mWayne Rooney Man Utd €13.8mYaya Toure Manchester City €13mSergio Aguero Man City €12.5mDidier Drogba Shanghai €12mFernando Torres Chelsea €10.8mDario Conca Guangzhou €10.6m
Lionel Messi Barcelona €10.5mCristiano Ronaldo Real €10m

Everton to sign Nikica Jelavic for just 6m

Everton set to land Rangers' Croatian striker Jelavic for just 6m

Nikica Jelavic was thrashing out personal terms with Everton on Monday night after Rangers agreed a 6million deal to sell the Croatian striker.

The details of the package have not been disclosed, although Sportsmail understands it is in the region of a 5m fee plus further financial add-ons.

Bargain: Rangers' financial problems mean Jelavic is available for just 6m

Bargain: Rangers' financial problems mean Jelavic is available for just 6m

West Ham made a fresh approach on Monday after being rebuffed last week, but it was Goodison boss David Moyes who came up trumps at around 8pm.

Jelavic had been anxious to exit the SPL champions and move to the Premiership. He is now expected to conclude a medical and sign on with Everton before their game against Manchester City on Tuesday night.