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Millwall star: I showed Bolton boss what he is missing

Danny Shittu during his time at Bolton Wanderers. Picture: Matthew Impey/EMPICS Danny Shittu during his time at Bolton Wanderers. Picture: Matthew Impey/EMPICS

Monday, October 8, 2012
4:56 PM

Millwall captain Danny Shittu was delighted to be able to have the last laugh against Owen Coyle’s Bolton.

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The Lions triumphed by two goals to one and the defender was delighted to show his former boss what he had missed out on.

“I’m delighted to have won this against Bolton,” Shittu said. “I’m so happy, the lads were buzzing to have won.

“It’s extra special for me to have won against Bolton and to have captained the team. It’s an extra special thing for me.

When pressed about his time at the Reebok, Shittu replied: “At Bolton, all the lads were great. A lot of them are still my friends and the coaching staff.

“To have won against Owen Coyle was special because while I was there he never gave me a chance.

“When he came in for the six months I was there, he said he would play with and he never played me and he jeopardised my work.

“I wasn’t trying to prove anything to him but to beat him showed him what he missed out on. I was asking him every week.

“If you play and do bad then at least you have been given the opportunity.

“For someone to keep telling you that they’d give you a chance and not actually give you a game, it’s something that I don’t agree with. I’m not going to start crying but it means a lot to me.

“You could have seen it by the way I went to the touchline, I was really happy about that.”

One reason for success has been the successful shackling of Kevin Davies and David Ngog.

“We worked all week about dealing with Kevin Davies,” Shittu added. “He is a legend and such a professional in the air and on the ball as well.

“They are Premiership strikers so for us to have done well against them. We’re disappointed with the goal we gave them. We kept him and Ngog quiet.”

Follow me on Twitter @TomMoore_Lon24.

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