Saints can close gap over Christmas, says Kelvin Davis

Daily Echo: Saints can close gap over Christmas, says Kelvin Davis Saints can close gap over Christmas, says Kelvin Davis

Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis believes the trip to Fulham on Boxing Day is the first of a number of winnable fixtures coming up for the south coast club.

Saints saw a mini revival abruptly ended by a 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland on Saturday, although they will spend Christmas outside the relegation zone.

The loss also maintained a three-point gap between themselves and 16th-placed Aston Villa - something Davis is looking to close quickly, starting at Craven Cottage.

"In terms of Christmas, I think the games we've got are winnable," he said, referring to the trip to Stoke and visit of Arsenal that follows.

"We go into those games fully intending to set our stall out so we can win those games. That's what we'll ask of ourselves.

"Who knows if Dimitar Berbatov is the man to watch out for against Fulham. I am not sure if he has scored many this season, has he?

"He is a top class player but he is not their only player. He didn't play against us down here and we conceded two goals so they've got quality all over the pitch.

"They wouldn't have been in the Premier League for this amount of time if they weren't quality so we will obviously pay them respect, but it is about turning up on the day, performing and taking the three points."

The Sunderland game was Davis' second back in goal after being recalled to Premier League duty.

The 36-year-old has been a mainstay in the Saints side that rose from npower League One to the top flight but was dropped four matches into the season, having conceded 14 goals.

Paulo Gazzaniga and Artur Boruc have both enjoyed stints between the sticks since and Davis is keen to hold onto his first-team berth.

"When you are used to playing week in, week out, which I have been certainly at this club over the past three or four seasons, it is always difficult," he said.

"But I accept that you can't always have it your own way and that the right thing to do is to keep your head down and work as hard as you can.

"Obviously I looked at myself and what I was doing. I felt that in terms of where I was, I am 36, it is about maintenance and staying on top of yourself physically.

"I felt that if I stayed in good shape and carried on doing what I was doing my time would come again.

"It is not my decision, it is a decision the manager takes."

One key difference to the Saints side Davis lined up behind when he returned earlier this month was the defence.

Having let in 28 goals in their opening 10 matches, they have now only conceded five in the last seven.

"We've got a bit more experience," Davis said. "We've worked very hard on the training ground and players have played a few games with each other now.

"Basically it is getting up to speed with the Premier League and how it can be.

"We have had to learn very, very quickly and it is a harsh league, the Premier League.

"We found that out against Sunderland. Half a chance and it goes in so it is about improving all the time and I think we are still doing that."

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5:07pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Merry Xmas one and all and good luck tomorrow Kelv, we need some points!
Merry Xmas one and all and good luck tomorrow Kelv, we need some points! Seedhouse the Unrepentant

6:06pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Little Hitler says...

Merry Xbox!

The Premier League should make things interesting on Boxing Day and offer double points.

Come on Saints, it's a real 12 pointer tomorrow!
Merry Xbox! The Premier League should make things interesting on Boxing Day and offer double points. Come on Saints, it's a real 12 pointer tomorrow! Little Hitler

8:39pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Nemesisaint says...

It's going to be a wet one, we need an eleven that are going to be up for it, in the worst conditions. Only 100% effort and 100% concentration will be good enough, Fulham are no mugs, they are far more experienced in Premier games, but haven't necessarily got better players than ours. I would take a point, a win would be a nice Christmas bonus.
It's going to be a wet one, we need an eleven that are going to be up for it, in the worst conditions. Only 100% effort and 100% concentration will be good enough, Fulham are no mugs, they are far more experienced in Premier games, but haven't necessarily got better players than ours. I would take a point, a win would be a nice Christmas bonus. Nemesisaint

9:23pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Nemesisaint says...

Southampton haven't won in 12 League games at Craven Cottage, it is time that changed. Perhaps Jose can oblige again with another brace?
Southampton haven't won in 12 League games at Craven Cottage, it is time that changed. Perhaps Jose can oblige again with another brace? Nemesisaint

9:41pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Nemesisaint says...

Understandably it is quiet on here tonight, see you all in the morning, let's hope for a good result.
Understandably it is quiet on here tonight, see you all in the morning, let's hope for a good result. Nemesisaint

9:47pm Tue 25 Dec 12

hedge end bob says...

A Very Merry Christmas to my fellow SAINTS fans.
Fulham game is winnable if the team turn up and want it more than them. Sunderland done it SO CAN WE.!!! The three points will be worth their weight in gold. Lets build on the good work done by Chelsea the other day.

Merry Christmas to all at SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
COYR


And ( cant believe i'm saying this ) Merry Christmas to the Blue few that come on here with sensible comments.
A Very Merry Christmas to my fellow SAINTS fans. Fulham game is winnable if the team turn up and want it more than them. Sunderland done it SO CAN WE.!!! The three points will be worth their weight in gold. Lets build on the good work done by Chelsea the other day. Merry Christmas to all at SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB. COYR And ( cant believe i'm saying this ) Merry Christmas to the Blue few that come on here with sensible comments. hedge end bob

10:10pm Tue 25 Dec 12

derek james says...

lets hope t's awin 2moro nothing else will do
lets hope t's awin 2moro nothing else will do derek james

10:48pm Tue 25 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Ah! There is life on here tonight, I was watching the Lallana thread, The Independent newspaper quotes that we haven't won at Craven Cottage in 65 Years! Time for a change there then.
Ah! There is life on here tonight, I was watching the Lallana thread, The Independent newspaper quotes that we haven't won at Craven Cottage in 65 Years! Time for a change there then. OSPREYSAINT

12:01am Wed 26 Dec 12

insane saint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Ah! There is life on here tonight, I was watching the Lallana thread, The Independent newspaper quotes that we haven't won at Craven Cottage in 65 Years! Time for a change there then.
we like breaking records and this appears to be needing to be broken..

SO COME ON YOU SAINTS WE ARE NO.1 ON THE SOUTH COAST AND IT IS OUR TIME ...


TOGETHER AS ONE

COYR
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Ah! There is life on here tonight, I was watching the Lallana thread, The Independent newspaper quotes that we haven't won at Craven Cottage in 65 Years! Time for a change there then.[/p][/quote]we like breaking records and this appears to be needing to be broken.. SO COME ON YOU SAINTS WE ARE NO.1 ON THE SOUTH COAST AND IT IS OUR TIME ... TOGETHER AS ONE COYR insane saint

12:07am Wed 26 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

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XX OSPREYSAINT

8:08am Wed 26 Dec 12

Southampton boy says...

As it has been said we need to turn up at Fulham can we win it I think al games are winable just need some skill and a little bit of luck.
I still think we need a center midfield nd I would like to see Tad Lee on at some point the bigest question for me is our 12millon player up for the prem still getting me wet gear ready for todays matchhoping to see a good win.
SO MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL AND LETS HOPE WE HAVE A GREAT 2013

COYR's
As it has been said we need to turn up at Fulham can we win it I think al games are winable just need some skill and a little bit of luck. I still think we need a center midfield nd I would like to see Tad Lee on at some point the bigest question for me is our 12millon player up for the prem still getting me wet gear ready for todays matchhoping to see a good win. SO MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL AND LETS HOPE WE HAVE A GREAT 2013 COYR's Southampton boy

8:38am Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul says...

Be leaving soon for Craven Cottage safe journey to all those who are travelling and let's hope the result is a win or at least a draw. I think NA will stick with the starting line up against Sunderland except for Myuka who will be replaced by either Steven Davis or JWP I hope it's the latter! Anyway happy Christmas one and all!!!! COYR!!!!
Be leaving soon for Craven Cottage safe journey to all those who are travelling and let's hope the result is a win or at least a draw. I think NA will stick with the starting line up against Sunderland except for Myuka who will be replaced by either Steven Davis or JWP I hope it's the latter! Anyway happy Christmas one and all!!!! COYR!!!! saintlysoul

8:38am Wed 26 Dec 12

saintlysoul says...

Be leaving soon for Craven Cottage safe journey to all those who are travelling and let's hope the result is a win or at least a draw. I think NA will stick with the starting line up against Sunderland except for Myuka who will be replaced by either Steven Davis or JWP I hope it's the latter! Anyway happy Christmas one and all!!!! COYR!!!!
Be leaving soon for Craven Cottage safe journey to all those who are travelling and let's hope the result is a win or at least a draw. I think NA will stick with the starting line up against Sunderland except for Myuka who will be replaced by either Steven Davis or JWP I hope it's the latter! Anyway happy Christmas one and all!!!! COYR!!!! saintlysoul

8:40am Wed 26 Dec 12

batesieboy says...

That was a desperately poor and ultimately disappointing non-performance against Sunderland. They are no great shakes, just were far more up for it. Maybe it was the unwanted break...whatever it was, this team had better make up for it today, or there is trouble ahead.
That was a desperately poor and ultimately disappointing non-performance against Sunderland. They are no great shakes, just were far more up for it. Maybe it was the unwanted break...whatever it was, this team had better make up for it today, or there is trouble ahead. batesieboy

9:01am Wed 26 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

TWENTY
TWENTY Seedhouse the Unrepentant

9:03am Wed 26 Dec 12

RedArmy1 says...

batesieboy wrote:
That was a desperately poor and ultimately disappointing non-performance against Sunderland. They are no great shakes, just were far more up for it. Maybe it was the unwanted break...whatever it was, this team had better make up for it today, or there is trouble ahead.
WE GO TO FULHAM TO WIN !!!

TRAVEL - PUBS - STREETS AND TERRACES AND WIN.

THE FANS WILL DOMINATE TODAY.

NEED GOOD PERFORMANCE AND THE GOALS FOR A TOP DAY !!

WE ARE RED ARMY. FIGHT AND WIN.

WE RULE THE SOUTH. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] wrote: That was a desperately poor and ultimately disappointing non-performance against Sunderland. They are no great shakes, just were far more up for it. Maybe it was the unwanted break...whatever it was, this team had better make up for it today, or there is trouble ahead.[/p][/quote]WE GO TO FULHAM TO WIN !!! TRAVEL - PUBS - STREETS AND TERRACES AND WIN. THE FANS WILL DOMINATE TODAY. NEED GOOD PERFORMANCE AND THE GOALS FOR A TOP DAY !! WE ARE RED ARMY. FIGHT AND WIN. WE RULE THE SOUTH. COYR. RedArmy1

9:37am Wed 26 Dec 12

Nemesisaint says...

http://www.saintsfc.
co.uk/news/article/p
aine-named-honorary-
president-559831.asp
x Good news today.
http://www.saintsfc. co.uk/news/article/p aine-named-honorary- president-559831.asp x Good news today. Nemesisaint

9:46am Wed 26 Dec 12

BracknellSaint says...

Hope all Saints fans ( oh, to hell with it- Skunts too) had a good and happy Xmas day.
Big game today, feel three points could really boost the season. A draw wouldn't be a disaster, but this is an away game we could win, and we need a few of them if we're going to keep throwing away home points when we're dominating and should be taking the full spoils( Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham..even Wigan...)
Come on lads, three points today please( 3-1 Saints)
Hope all Saints fans ( oh, to hell with it- Skunts too) had a good and happy Xmas day. Big game today, feel three points could really boost the season. A draw wouldn't be a disaster, but this is an away game we could win, and we need a few of them if we're going to keep throwing away home points when we're dominating and should be taking the full spoils( Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham..even Wigan...) Come on lads, three points today please( 3-1 Saints) BracknellSaint

10:00am Wed 26 Dec 12

Night Rider says...

Adkins should give that boy Mayuka more game time! It is apparent that his lack of game time is affecting his fitness and you can see he's not as sharp as when he was featuring for Young Boys of Bern. Mayuka is a quality young striker who if played in right position and given game time can get goals for SOTON...
Adkins should give that boy Mayuka more game time! It is apparent that his lack of game time is affecting his fitness and you can see he's not as sharp as when he was featuring for Young Boys of Bern. Mayuka is a quality young striker who if played in right position and given game time can get goals for SOTON... Night Rider

10:41am Wed 26 Dec 12

Confucious says...

Thank goodness! What a relief. It's 65 years since we beat Fulham at the Cottage - the magic number is up at last.

Look at this 5 x 5 square of numbers...

17 24 1 8 15

23 5 7 14 16

4 6 13 20 22

10 12 19 21 3

11 18 25 2 9

....whatever way you add them up - across, down or diagonally - it comes to 65.

It's known as a "magic square" and I first heard of this from a very smart and lucky chinese bloke on a trip to Singapore. And guess what the international dialling code is for Singapore - yes, 65!

We'll win 5-0, 4-1 or 3-2 (there being five goals in whatever the result).

No diamond today please Nigel. We need five in a midfield magic square.
Thank goodness! What a relief. It's 65 years since we beat Fulham at the Cottage - the magic number is up at last. Look at this 5 x 5 square of numbers... 17 24 1 8 15 23 5 7 14 16 4 6 13 20 22 10 12 19 21 3 11 18 25 2 9 ....whatever way you add them up - across, down or diagonally - it comes to 65. It's known as a "magic square" and I first heard of this from a very smart and lucky chinese bloke on a trip to Singapore. And guess what the international dialling code is for Singapore - yes, 65! We'll win 5-0, 4-1 or 3-2 (there being five goals in whatever the result). No diamond today please Nigel. We need five in a midfield magic square. Confucious

10:50am Wed 26 Dec 12

redsnapper says...

Played 10 homes, but only 7 away so points from our travels are now important starting today.

Losing 6 home points to fellow strugglers is not the way to survive.

Nigel has to kick butt and change the team from the insipid performance against the Black Cats.

In J Rod or Guly and JWP , out Mayuka, Morgan and rested Puncheon.
Played 10 homes, but only 7 away so points from our travels are now important starting today. Losing 6 home points to fellow strugglers is not the way to survive. Nigel has to kick butt and change the team from the insipid performance against the Black Cats. In J Rod or Guly and JWP , out Mayuka, Morgan and rested Puncheon. redsnapper

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