Davies: Boro will miss Woody
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andrew Davies believes Middlesbrough will miss Jonathan Woodgate.
Andrew Davies believes Middlesbrough will miss the influence of the injured Jonathan Woodgate in Saturday's Premiership clash with Everton.
Davies hailed the arrival of Woodgate on Teesside in a season-long loan from Real Madrid as a real coup for the club, with the right back impressed by what he has seen of the one time England international.
Woodgate was impressive on his debut for the club in Boro's rearguard action at Arsenal last month, and Davies admits he will be sorely missed by his defensive colleagues when they take on the high flying Toffees at The Riverside.
"I feel like he is always three seconds ahead of the game - I think it's his presence that everyone likes," Davies told Sky Sports News.
"Obviously [Emanuel] Pogatetz has been playing fantastically well too, and I feel I've been playing well as well, and so has Tayls [left back Andrew Taylor] - he gives confidence to all of us."
Despite Woodgate's form, Boro have struggled for points so far this campaign, and are currently fourth from bottom in the division - much to Davies's bemusement.
"Every game the boys are giving their all - they're up for every game, and want to win every game," added the defender.
The Academy graduate is enjoying an extended run in the first team, but he admits he was forced to consider his future after being loaned out to Championship Derby last season.
"I never lost faith in my ability on the football pitch, but I wanted a run of games in the team. I feel like when I was at Derby I was playing my best football because I was playing week in, week out."