Zat Is Good For FA Cup Semi
With Bolton’s FA Cup semi-final with Stoke City at Wembley Stadium only a little over a week away, the Lancashire club received a boost as central defender Zat Knight returned to playing action after two months on the sidelines.
The 30-year-old played 45 minutes of Bolton reserves’ 3-0 victory over Blackpool on Tuesday of this week and believes he is ready for a place in the first-team squad, while recognising the competition there now is for a place in the starting eleven.
Knight is optimistically aiming for a place in the squad for Bolton’s EPL fixture this Saturday at home to struggling West Ham United. He said:
“It felt good to get back on the pitch. I’ve come in with a clean sheet so hopefully I can step it up again so the manager can make a decision on Saturday.
But he added: “I wouldn’t expect to walk straight back into the team as that would be disrespectful to David Wheater and Gary Cahill and their performances. But I’m ready to do a job for the team if picked.”
Wanderers are in eighth place in the EPL after last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Birmingham which left manager Owen Coyle feeling “a little bit aggrieved to be leaving with no points” after praising Birmingham keeper Ben Foster for an outstanding display.
“If he’s had a better game, I’ll be very surprised, because he’s made a lot of saves and they were outstanding saves that he probably had no right to make.”
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