KELVIN Davis is hoping to get the chance to revive memories of arguably the greatest day of his career – and help extend it for a little longer yet.
The Saints stopper returns to Elland Road tonight for the first time since his incredible performance against Leeds in March, which has been hailed as one the greatest ever goalkeeping displays in the club’s history.
Davis became virtually a one-man barrier in the game as Saints won 1-0 on a day that paved the way for Premier League promotion.
Rickie Lambert had given Saints the lead on 16 minutes but Leeds utterly dominated the majority of the rest of the game and could have won by a significant margin if it wasn’t for the heroics of Davis.
Times change quickly in football though and tonight Davis returns as part of a Saints squad hoping to get through in the Capital One Cup – but as the club’s number two.
Davis was dropped earlier this season in favour of Paulo Gazzaniga, who has himself in turn been dropped for Artur Boruc.
The Polish keeper is under pressure after an alleged altercation with Saints fans and nobody has made a decisive grab of the number one jersey, meaning Davis might be just one strong display away from regaining it.
Nigel Adkins is likely to pick between Davis and Gazzaniga for tonight’s game, with Davis hoping to get the nod and put in another starring display to bolster his Premier League selection hopes.
Tadanari Lee could also make only his second appearance of the season – and just the 11th of his injury hit first nine months at the club – after recovering from an elbow injury.
Frazer Richardson and Jack Cork, who have also been sidelined with injuries, are touch and go to make a comeback while Luke Shaw is also back in full training and could be considered at left back.
James Ward-Prowse is expected to get a chance to start, along with Richard Chaplow, while Emmanuel Mayuka could also be considered for what would be his first start since joining the club.
Dan Seaborne might get a rare chance to impress while Jos Hooiveld could feature in the heart of defence after being an unused sub against Tottenham at the weekend.
The bench could again feature a few youngsters with limited first team experience as Adkins remains true to his word of giving the youth a chance wherever possible.