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GIVE KEV A FAIR CRACK; Megson in plea to refs' chief.


BOLTON have complained to referees supremo Keith Hackett about skipper Kevin Davies being a victim of his 'criminal' record.

Boss Gary Megson is so upset officials have singled out his target man for past fouls and bookings that he asked them to play fair.

Megson is fuming that ref Mike Jones quoted Davies' old statistics at him when he claimed the tough guy was receiving unfair treatment in their last game.

The Bolton boss said: "Our secretary Simon Marland called Keith Hackett and said we felt it was not right. People are going on what they expect to happen with Davo.

"I pulled up the referee at half-time in the last game because I thought he wasn't treating everyone the same as Kevin. He said 'have you seen his stats?' But that has nothing to do with it.

"You should referee the game on what you see and not on what you think you see."

Megson also claimed a rival Premier League boss tried to point a finger at the physical style of Davies and his teammates to a referee during the break at a recent match.

He added: "We have had a big club trying to tell the ref that the goalkeeper has the sole right to go for the ball at a corner - and that was because they can't handle it."

Megson believes Davies has won over opposition fans with his honest approach and puts him up with some of the game's top warriors for the way he plays.

He added: "Crowds respect him because he is not one of those people who throw themselves all over the pitch and try to get people booked.

"There is now an admiration for that type of player like Alan Shearer, Tony Adams or Kevin Davies. They are few and far between, the ones who will take the knocks and get on with it. People should recognise his qualities."

Megson goes to Manchester United tomorrow with referee Mark Clattenburg already under pressure after the Alan Wiley row - and he is expecting decisions to go against his team.

He said: "You will see the same at Anfield, The Emirates and Stamford Bridge. It's how it is. You just accept it. I was at West Brom when they went up and we sent a DVD of incidents and asked 'is this what it's like?'.

"We were told we looked harshly treated but nothing changed."


2003-04 TEAM FOULS

Davies Bolton Wanderers 98

Vieira Arsenal 97

Smith Leeds 96

2004-05 TEAM FOULS

Davies Bolton Wanderers 107

Vieira Arsenal 94

Cahill Everton 87

2005-06 TEAM FOULS

Davies Bolton Wanderers 116

Ameobi Newcastle 93

Cahill Everton 87

2006-07 TEAM FOULS

Davies Bolton Wanderers 91

Brown Fulham 91

Sidwell Reading 87

2007-08 TEAM FOULS

Carew Aston Villa 100

Davies Bolton Wanderers 95

Cole West Ham United 85

2008-09 TEAM FOULS

Davies Bolton Wanderers 117

Fellaini Everton 111

Zamora Fulham 90

2009-10 TEAM FOULS

Davies Bolton Wanderers 30

Carlton Cole West Ham United 24

Cahill Everton 21


BAD BOY Vieira in his Arsenal days TOUGH NUT Bolton skipper Davies wins the fight for the ball - but his reputation makes him a target for refs
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Date:Oct 16, 2009
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