Bristol Rovers centre-back Tom Davies has perhaps been the more underappreciated and under-rated centre-back within the Bristol Rovers defensive trio this season. However, that all changed this weekend.
Lining up alongside his normal partners in crime of Alfie Kilgour and vice-captain Tony Craig, Davies put in a Man of the Match display against MK Dons to help Rovers move up to fourth in the table as they continued their fine start to the season.
Bristol Rovers fans began to notice just how crucial Davies was to their defence at the weekend, and so have we too. Here, we take a look at the defender’s impressive display to keep MK Dons at arms length and keep their recent winning streak going.
Davies put himself about the park brilliantly, not backing out of a challenge and winning most things that came his way in the air as Bristol Rovers’ defence fought tooth and nail to make sure the three points weren’t heading back to MK Dons.
Davies was the man who netted the only goal of the game, his sweet left-footed volley from Luke Leahy’s cross nestling in the back of the net to get the former Coventry City man his first goal in North Bristol.
Davies then went about his defensive duties in admirable fashion, making two tackles during the encounter and taking no prisoners when it came to trying to win the ball in the air.
Davies’ three interceptions as well as he stopped passes from getting in the defence, and the defender also seemed composed when coming away with the ball out of defence, not scared to try and get the ball forward into the midfield three of Liam Sercombe, Abu Ogogo and Ed Upson.
Davies also attempted to find the channels at times, with wing-backs Leahy and Alex Rodman bombing on as well as Tom Nichols and Tyler Smith looking to make runs in behind, as Davies completed 35 passes during the encounter.
Davies’ performances saw him come away with plenty of plaudits as his display at the back alongside the young Kilgour and the experienced Craig gained Rovers another three points this season.