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‘We are all devastated'

Bolton striker Kevin Davies has apologised to the fans who went to Wembley to see their side roundly spanked 5-0 by Stoke City in the FA Cup semi-finals yesterday.

The Trotters never showed up what was probably their best chance to reach an FA Cup final in generations, and were given the worst drubbing since the outbreak of World War II. Such a disgrace prompted Kevin Davies to admit just how upset the experience had made him, presumably hoping that the fans wouldn’t chop them into pieces when they saw them again.

‘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.

‘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... 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.’

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