Bolton must react to loss at Burnley, says Kevin Davies

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies

Captain Kevin Davies has called for a big improvement from relegated Bolton after they lost their opening match of the season at Burnley on Saturday.

Wanderers' first game in the second tier since 2001 ended in a 2-0 defeat.

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Burnley quality no shock to Davies

Striker Davies said: "Some of the teams may look to us as a scalp. We've played in the Premier League for a long time and teams may raise their games.

"But we have to raise our game and, after Saturday's performance, we'll look to do that."

The one-time England international added: "It means a lot more hard work, scrapping for second balls and being a lot more physical all over the park."

Of the three teams relegated from last season's Premier League, only Blackburn managed to avoid defeat, drawing 1-1 at Ipswich.

Wolves were beaten 1-0 at Leeds, while goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin ensured a miserable return to Turf Moor for Bolton's former Burnley boss Owen Coyle.

Wanderers have the chance to bounce back from their opening-day defeat with two consecutive home games, starting on Tuesday when Derby County visit the Reebok Stadium.

Davies told BBC Radio Manchester: "Hopefully we'll get the reaction we want. The manager might want to shake it up because there were a few players that disappointed him, myself included.

"We want to try and get that win, which will then take us into Friday [against Nottingham Forest] and hopefully we can win both."

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