Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson claims striker Kevin Davies is the victim of unfair criticism from other Premier League managers.
The combative striker was heavily criticised by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following his tackle which resulted in the substation of full-back Gael Clichy during last weekend's 3-1 success for the Gunners at the Reebok Stadium.
Davies was booked for his tackle on the French defender but, after television replays backed Megson's initial assessment that the challenge was firm but fair, the Trotters boss has hit out at the treatment of his player.
"Everybody tries to nullify the threat that Kevin has by making a big thing of it in the press," he told the club's official website.
"It doesn't make any difference to Kevin Davies and it doesn't make any difference to myself either. It's just press talk."
Meanwhile, Megson has praised the three-goal striker's impressive start to the new season.
Ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester United, he added: "People always judge centre-forwards on their goal ratio and a lot of the time Kevin hasn't been playing as a centre-forward.
"I would struggle to name anybody in the Premier League who has as much involvement and as many assists in goals that a football club score as Davo."