Stunned Samuel backs new Bolton skipper Davies to match departed Nolan

16 February 2009 08:18
Jlloyd Samuel has admitted club captain Kevin Nolan's January transfer to Newcastle[LNB]shocked the Bolton[LNB]squad but has backed new skipper Kevin Davies to do an equally good job wearing the armband. [LNB]Defender Samuel, who moved to the Reebok from Aston Villa in 2007, and said Nolan's sudden departure to St James' Park came out of the blue. [LNB]'It was a shock to all of us when Kevin Nolan moved to Newcastle,' he said. [LNB][LNB] Leading the way: Jlloyd Samuel has every confidence in new Bolton skipper Kevin Davies following the departure of former club captain Kevin Nolan to Newcastle[LNB] WIN tickets to see Bolton take on West Ham at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday February 21 [LNB]TALK TENNIS BLOG: Sportsmail's Alex Kay meets jovial Russian Dmitriy Tursunov[LNB]BOLTON WANDERERS FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB] 'He was captain of the club and there was no talk leading up to it, it just happened. [LNB]'One day he was in training and the next he was gone. It's the life you lead as a footballer, people are always leaving and it's very transient but you do get used to it.'[LNB]But Samuel, writing on icons.com, said he has faith in Davies to step up and fill the void. [LNB]Looking forward: Samuel (L) is eagerly awaiting the visit of West Ham this weekend after their last Premier League outing defeat to in-form Everton[LNB] He said: 'Kevin Davies is the new skipper and I think he'll do a good job. I hope so. [LNB]'He's been a great performer for us and he's a wholehearted player. He has been at the club for a long time and he knows it as well as anybody. You know what Kev is about and you know what you are going to get from him week-in, week-out.'[LNB]And the 27-year-old said he and his team-mates are relishing the visit of West Ham[LNB]this weekend as they aim to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat at Everton[LNB]last time out. [LNB]He said: 'When you lose you just want the next game to come so that you can put things right. [LNB]'If we'd have won against Everton, then things would have been different but as it stands, I can't wait to face West Ham. [LNB]'They are having a fantastic run of form under Gianfranco Zola and it's going to be tough but we're confident we can get a result at The Reebok. [LNB]'You've got to take your points at home and we have got to start climbing to safety in the league.'[LNB] WIN tickets to see Bolton take on West Ham at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday February 21 [LNB]TALK TENNIS BLOG: Sportsmail's Alex Kay meets jovial Russian Dmitriy Tursunov[LNB]BOLTON WANDERERS FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB][LNB] [LNB]  

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