Knight not feeling festive

The Trotters have endured a miserable first half to the season and

only climbed off the bottom of the table last week following a win

over local rivals Blackburn. The club had held their seasonal party

earlier in the month but only eight players attended and Knight,

one of those who skipped the event, is still not in the best of

sprits. “I’ve never been at the bottom of the league before – and

it was kind of hard to go out and have a good time,” he said in The

Sun. “I’m not saying it was right or wrong but I did things

differently. It was one of my ways of dealing with it. “We had a

few days off, most of the boys wanted to spend time with family and

friends.” Knight has struggled to come to terms with Bolton’s

plight but is now determined to build on the victory against

Blackburn by picking up another three points at home to Newcastle

on Boxing Day. He knows it is important to perform much better at

the Reebok Stadium, having lost seven out of eight home matches so

far this season. “When you watch TV and see yourself at the bottom

of the table, it hurts,” he said. “It’s our job. Regardless of what

people want to think of footballers, it does hurt. “It’s not very

nice when you hear Bolton have the worst defensive record. As a

defender – you want to do something about it.” Speaking about the

clash with the Magpies, Knight added: “It’s an absolutely massive

game. We need to capitalise on what we did against Blackburn. “It’s

still not over though as January’s a tough month. We definitely

need to turn our home ground into a fortress. “We believe we are

better than what we have shown. “We had a good season last season

and maybe some thought we’d be a bit better. “But we can’t live on

last season’s reputation. “Sometimes you need to work twice as

hard. “The start of the season did not go well for us and we did

not have the confidence. “There’s a bit of light at the end of the

tunnel. But we need to make it a bigger, brighter one.”