‘Great to work with Zat Knight’: Bolton Wanderers’ on-loan Craig Dawson determined to forge partnership

By John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers’ new centre-half Craig Dawson aims to form a formidable defensive partnership with new team mate Zat Knight over the coming months.

The on-loan West Bromwich Albion man made a successful debut last weekend as the Trotters defeated Lancashire rivals Burnley.

And with a first victory under his belt at his new club, former Rochdale man Dawson is targeting a rock-solid partnership with Knight to give the Whites a boost.

“I really enjoyed the win and playing alongside Zat Knight,” Dawson told Bolton’s official website.

“Zat’s got great experience so it was great to work with him. We did well together to restrict Burnley to so few chances and, hopefully, we can continue this partnership.

“I’m still getting my match fitness, but the 90 minutes from Saturday will help me.”

The Trotters’ first league win of 2013 has given them some breathing space in the table, moving them three points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Dawson was one of boss Dougie Freedman’s January transfer window acquisitions, having made just three appearances for the Baggies this season.

The 22-year-old believes he has been made to feel welcome at the Reebok Stadium by his new team, and is targeting a push up the table.

“I’ve been here a few weeks so I’ve got a feel for the place, and Dougie and his squad have welcomed me into the squad,” he said.

“I’ve enjoyed the few weeks training that I’ve had and I felt comfortable slotting in at the back.

“We just have to keep building and keep pushing. The win has definitely given us confidence which we can now take into the game at Nottingham Forest.”

Wanderers travel to the City Ground to take on back-to-back European Cup winners Forest on Saturday. 

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