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Captain Zat wants lead role in push for the top flight

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Zat Knight believes a new deal at Wanderers could still be within his grasp – if the club can get their promotion chase on track.

Despite starting just two of the last 16 games, the club captain is confident he can still play a role in helping Dougie Freedman’s side mount a charge up the table in the second half of the season.

The big defender was restored to the side for Thursday’s 1-0 win at Barnsley and heads to Leicester City tomorrow looking to string back-to-back appearances together for the first time since the start of September.

With his contract due to expire in the summer, Knight has extra incentive to stay in Freedman’s first-team thoughts and though he turns 34 at the end of this season, he still feels capable of playing at the highest level with Wanderers.

“I want to get back into the Premier League like everyone else in this squad,” he said. “I’m in the last year of my contract, so maybe we can get up there and I can try and squeeze another one out of the chairman!

“I want to be a leader on and off the field. I want to show my experience.

“Touch wood, through my career I’ve managed to stay away from injury, so I believe I can go on longer than your average age 32-33.

“I still feel I have got five or six years left in me.”

Knight was made club captain after Kevin Davies’s departure in the summer but paid with his place in the side after Wanderers’ poor start to the campaign.

Freedman has praised the former Aston Villa man for his attitude while out of the reckoning and Knight has not considered looking to get football elsewhere on loan.

“Matt Mills and Tim Ream have been playing very well and sometimes you have to bide your time,” he said. “That’s what I have done.

“I’ve tried to train well and as I’ve said before if I was 20-21 then maybe I’d have gone a bit AWOL, but now I’m that bit more experienced and I’m club captain. It’s not just about myself, it’s about the team.

“I’m club captain for a reason, because I have that experience, and I don’t run away from competition.

“It would have been easy for me to say ‘let me go to a team that’s fighting relegation to get a few games’ but I’m not about that.”

Knight is now desperate for Wanderers to find some consistency before a daunting run of January games against high flyers Nottingham Forest, Reading, Burnley and QPR.

And after digging in to earn three points at Oakwell on Boxing Day, he feels the signs are good going to the King Power Stadium.

“Sometimes you can play all the fantastic football and you don’t get the results you want,” he said. “That is what it has been like recently.

“If it comes down to a fight between us and Leicester then we’ve proved we can do it at Barnsley.

“We know they are strong and the last time I saw them, against QPR last week, they set out a game-plan to play short and sharp, got the goal, and then sat behind the ball.

“I feel if we can go there and get something out of the game then it stands us in good stead for what’s in store in January.”

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scottjames30

scottjames30
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Listening to this stuff has got to be a piss- take.

aaron_bwfc

aaron_bwfc
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“I still feel I have got five or six years left in me.” -  lol!  Always a joker is our zat.

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
The last time I saw Knight play was against Huddersfield and he was absolutely solid.

He'd be well worthy of a new contract if he was capable of keeping that up.

gloswhite

gloswhite
Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
The problem is Doffer, when he makes a cock-up, its usually at a crucial time that will seriously affect the outcome. He's inconsistent, and a liability under pressure, but, in fairness, seems to be a good captain, and, overall can be very useful. I think his best option, for us, is no more than to come on as a sub when needed. I also think that the clubs best option, is to let him go.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@doffcocker wrote:The last time I saw Knight play was against Huddersfield and he was absolutely solid.

He'd be well worthy of a new contract if he was capable of keeping that up.


Yes, let's give him a new contract on the basis of a handful of games.

You absolute bellend.

Over the course of his Bolton career he has been a liability - I doubt a BWFC player has ever made more mistakes that cost goals. It doesn't matter if you look solid for 89 minutes if you're going to gift the opposition a goal in the other minute.

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Zat Knight has shown himself to be a liability when playing in a flat back four as he gets pulled out of position and struggles with balls from the flanks, but is good at the centre of 3 CBs where his positioning is determined by the other 2 and he doesn't set off chasing lost causes. Unfortunately I can't see Dougie playing 3 CBs apart from when we're defending a narrow lead as we did away at Birmingham for example, so I'd be surprised if he is in Dougie's long-term plans.

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
@doffcocker wrote:The last time I saw Knight play was against Huddersfield and he was absolutely solid.

He'd be well worthy of a new contract if he was capable of keeping that up.


Yes, let's give him a new contract on the basis of a handful of games.



I never said that, you utter tramp.

It's time you started reading others' work more carefully!

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@doffcocker wrote:

I never said that, you utter tramp.

It's time you started reading others' work more carefully!

You said we should give him a new contract if he plays like he did at Huddersfield until the end of the season.

You absolute bellend doffcocker, you really should stop posting as you just embarrass yourself with each stroke of the key.

 ::bellend:: 

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
@Natasha Whittam wrote:
You said we should give him a new contract if he plays like he did at Huddersfield until the end of the season.

We should.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@doffcocker wrote:

We should.

I'm setting off now to kill you. Give me 20 minutes. Which Asda are you in?

Guest


Guest
My money's on Doffy.

We grow up big and strong round our way.

You're fucked now, Whittam...

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Notice he didn't reply with his location.

Because he's scared of me.

doffcocker

doffcocker
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
@Natasha Whittam wrote:Notice he didn't reply with his location.

Because he's scared of me.

Because I know you'd just try to seduce me.

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