"There's nothing to fear for Bristol City" - Steve Davies
SUPER-SUB Steve Davies insists Bristol City should fear no one in the npower Championship this season.
Signed from Derby County in the summer, the 24-year-old forward came off the bench to score his first goal for the club as the Robins twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Watford at the weekend.
Having helped his new team salvage a point which keeps them in the top half of the table, Davies claimed City are capable of beating anyone in the English second tier.
He said: "There is absolutely nothing to fear for us.
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"I have played in this league for five seasons now and I have not seen anything to be really scared of.
"It is the same this season and we have already shown we can compete with the best teams in this league.
"We played Blackburn the other week, matched them until the last few minutes and should have come out of the game with at least a point.
"That shows what we are capable of and we fancy our chances against any team in the Championship."
City have taken ten points from their opening seven games, four of them on the road at Peterborough and Watford in the last week, replacing the despondency enveloped Ashton Gate last season with a new-found optimism.
The resurgent Robins now have back-to-back home fixtures against Leeds and Millwall in the next ten days and Davies sees no reason why City cannot close the gap on the clubs occupying the play-off positions.
Davies, pictured, said: "We've done well to take four points on the road this week and now we have a chance to build on that and move even further up the table.
"We have been scoring lots of goals at home this season and playing some really good football at Ashton Gate. When you are playing like that, confidence is high and you believe you can achieve anything."
The Robins twice came from behind to earn a point at Watford and assistant manager Tony Docherty afterwards hailed City's "fighting spirit."
He told The Post: "The boys showed a lot of character to come back. There is a good spirit in the dressing room and that is pleasing.
"We win as a team, we draw as a team and we lose as a team. If we keep a clean sheet, it is down to the team, if we score a goal then the whole team is involved in that.
"There is spirit in abundance in this squad and I cannot praise the boys highly enough.
"That spirit and resolve will serve us well during the course of the season.
"We gave Watford a bit too much space in the first half and had a word at half-time. Credit to them in the second half, because we pushed them back, created quite a few chances and were dominant at times."
Meanwhile, City could be without left-back Greg Cunningham for up to two months. The Republic of Ireland international damaged ankle ligaments in last week's 2-1 win at Peterborough and, although fears that he had suffered a fracture proved unfounded, he faces a long time on the sidelines.
But the ankle injury suffered by influential midfielder Cole Skuse in the same game is less serious than initially feared and the Bristolian could be back in action by the time City travel to Leicester on October 6.