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Daws left reeling by late goal

Posted on 2 February 2009  - 12:00

Michael Dawson described another late, late defeat on our travels, this time at Bolton, as 'sickening'.

Daws left reeling by late goal

Michael Dawson described another late, late defeat on our travels, this time at Bolton, as 'sickening'.

Kevin Davies' 87th-minute header consigned us to a fourth-successive late away loss in the Premier League after similar scenarios at Newcastle (90th-minute goal), West Brom (83rd, 93rd) and Wigan (91st).

Defeat was even more disappointing as the lads had battled back from a 2-0 deficit and were pushing for a winner at the Reebok Stadium.

Sebastien Puygrenier headed the home side into a half-time lead and Kevin Davies made it 2-0 in the 64th minute but we hit back with two goals in the space of two minutes from substitute Darren Bent to level it at 2-2 with 15 minutes left.

We piled forward looking for the winner only to suffer a counter punch as Davies rose to meet Matt Taylor's corner and head home the winner.

"You look back at the four away games and think 'that's an extra four points we could have on our total' and how different it might all look," reflected Michael.

"Any defeat is difficult but the way we've lost those four games has been particularly hard to take.

"The first half at Bolton wasn't good enough, simple as that.

"But we turned it around in the second half and we thoroughly deserved to get back to 2-2.

"At that point I thought we might go on to win it so to go and concede that late goal was sickening.

"As I said, when you lose any football match it hurts badly, when you lose so late in games it's even worse. These defeats have been hard to take."