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FA Cup: Bolton's Kevin Davies offers apology to fans

Bolton captain Kevin Davies
Bolton captain Davies lost his other FA Cup semi-final with Chesterfield in 1998

Captain Kevin Davies apologised to the Bolton fans after their 5-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Stoke at Wembley.

After the game, Davies said he was "ashamed and embarrassed" at their capitulation, and added to his apology on social networking site Twitter.

"I am so sorry to all of you who came to support us and paid a lot of money," he tweeted. "I am deeply upset and lost for words. Deserve the criticism."

Davies, 34, also compared some of Bolton's football to "five-a-side".

Bolton - who are eighth in the Premier League after a fine season so far - were three goals behind at the break as Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones put Stoke firmly in control.

To compound their misery, former Trotters player Jonathan Walters scored twice in the second half.

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"We are all devastated and very emotional," Davies said. "It is very difficult.

"It was a horrible experience, the manner of the defeat. The first goal was like something from five-a-side rather than an occasion like this.

"To see the goals going in, I don't know what to say. It was just one of those days. We will try and put it right.

"It is just a terrible dream at the minute.

"We feel sorry for the supporters as they paid a lot of money to come down. We've had a lot of plaudits this year and we will take the criticism and stand up as men."

Davies, a losing semi-finalist with Chesterfield in 1998, believes his dream of lifting the FA Cup is over.

"It is one of those things, it seems to have got away from me. This was probably my best chance of getting to the final," he said.

In another tweet, he added: "The FA Cup is something I have always dreamed of winning. Was hoping this would be a day to remember - now it is a day I will never forget."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle was at a loss to explain his side's implosion, but admitted that his players let themselves down badly.

"We haven't performed anywhere near what we are capable of," said Coyle. "That is the hurtful thing and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

"We gifted the goals and we capitulated. If we offered that every week we wouldn't be in the Premier League."



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