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CRAIG DAVIES: I AM JUST GOING TO KEEP DOING MY JOB

17 August 2016

Striker focused after late leveller earns Latics a point against Birmingham City.

  • “Thankful for the assist from Will Grigg,” says Davies.
  • Striker admits disappointment at not claiming all three points.
  • Former Wales international says Latics being worked hard by the staff in order to tackle “tough” Sky Bet Championship.
He’s probably the only Latics player that Will Grigg’s blistering goal-scoring form in the calendar year is having an adverse effect on, but Craig Davies praised the form of the Northern Ireland international after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at the DW Stadium.

Davies came off the bench late in the second-half to score on his first appearance of the season as Latics snatched a point from a game they’ll feel aggrieved not to have won.

On a special night at the DW where the supporters in the stands produced an equally passionate performance to the players, Davies was quick to divert the attention away from himself.

“To be honest, I just wanted to get back to the halfway line to restart the game as quickly as possible because I felt we could have gone on and got all three points,” Davies said of his reaction to his goal.

“I am just going to keep doing my job; Will has done unbelievably well and his ball was great for me tonight, so I am thankful for the assist.”

The controversial moment of the evening saw Birmingham awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time for a foul on Clayton Donaldson by Adam Bogdan. The Hungarian stopper saved the spot-kick from the Jamaican but found himself beaten seconds after as David Davis followed up on the rebound.

Davies says despite the cruel blow, it’s nothing Latics can affect now and that these things happen will happen in Latics’ favour over the course of the season.

“I didn’t really see the penalty decision so I can’t comment on it but it was unfortunate that, after Shaggy [Adam Bogdan] saved it, they’ve got the rebound,” he added. “The boys and the management are a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get all three points but that’s football and hopefully over the course of the season there will be a game for us where we get something that we probably don’t deserve.”

Latics will now turn their attentions to a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Davies says the magnitude of every game in the Sky Bet Championship is a signal of how tough the division is.

“It’s a tough league, it’s a long season, but the management are on to us every day to keep us grafting and working hard, as long as we do that, we should be alright,” he added.

“Burton beat Sheffield Wednesday tonight and it is just further proof that this is a tough league and anybody can beat anybody. We just have to keep focused and do what the management believe will get us the right results.”

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