Cahill relishes scoring role in Bolton's fight for survival

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Gary Cahill is determined to continue scoring goals to help Bolton survive in the Premier League. Centre-back Cahill is currently Bolton's joint top scorer with five goals to his name in 15 matches including two in two games in the last week.

After netting in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, Cahill scored Bolton's crucial third in the 3-1 win over West Ham on Tuesday. The four points from the two matches have taken Bolton out of the bottom three and offered hope they can push on.

Cahill is relishing his goal-scoring antics. "It's something I wanted to improve upon this year, and I'm hungry for goals," he said. "When you have scored a few, it breeds confidence. Every time you go up, you think you are going to score."

Cahill, who is 24 tomorrow, had scored just seven goals in his previous 134 appearances for Aston Villa, Burnley, Sheffield United and Bolton before this season. Explaining his new-found prowess to the Bolton News, he said: "The way we play with set pieces, we are quite dangerous. I go up for throw-ins, so I do get a lot of time up there. I tend to linger about. Whether the manager likes it or not, I don't know, but I stay there."

The important aspect for manager Gary Megson is that his side build on what they have achieved this week, starting with Monday's derby at Wigan. "We have to kick on now," Megson said. "We've got to come up with a result where no one expects us to get one. That's probably Wigan."