Bolton’s Sheffield-born skipper Kevin Davies hailed the efforts of his club’s travelling support as the Lancashire team booked a place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Birmingham at St Andrew’s.
Lee Chung-yong headed home the winner after Wanderers had twice had leads cancelled out by the home side, with Kevin Phillips’ spectacular volley looking as though it would earn Blues a replay at the Reebok Stadium.
However, Davies, formerly of Chesterfield, drove his team on and headed across goal for Lee to grab the winner in the final minute of normal time.
He told ESPN: “The fans were absolutely amazing today and they kept us going all the way. I’m proud to be part of Bolton Wanderers.”
Davies lost an FA Cup semi-final while at Chesterfield back in 1997 and admitted: “It’s been an unlucky trophy for me at times, but as captain of this club I just wanted it so badly. It’s brilliant and we’ll celebrate tonight.
“All our substitutes made an impact for us today, and now we’re going to Wembley.”
Johan Elmander gave Bolton the lead but Cameron Jerome drew Birmingham level by half-time. Davies restored the visitors’ advantage with a penalty after he was tripped in the box by Blues defender Curtis Davies before Phillips made it 2-2 with 10 minutes to go.
For Carling Cup winners Birmingham, the battle is now on to ensure they hold on to their Premier League status for next season.