Saints can win FA Cup - Davis

KELVIN DAVIS

KELVIN DAVIS

First published in Sport

Club captain Kelvin Davis believes Southampton are capable of going all the way in the FA Cup.

Winners in 1976, the south coast side last made the final in 2003 and ensured their place in the fifth round with a 2-0 victory against Yeovil on Saturday.

Guly do Prado and teenager Sam Gallagher netted the goals to secure progression in a competition which has taken heightened importance for Saints given they are all but certain to finish mid-table in the league.

That increased focus was highlighted by strong line-ups in the matches against Yeovil and third-round opponents Burnley, with the strength in depth available making veteran goalkeeper Davis confident of a cup run.

''I really believe that we've got the capabilities of going all the way,'' he said.

''Whether we get that bit of Lady Luck on the way remains to be seen, but what I am pleased with is that lads who don't play in the Premier League every week when they get their opportunity they step up and play well.

''That's great news for the squad as well that whoever puts the shirt on plays to that level, and that's what we're looking to do to keep the competition going, and you never know where it might take us.''

A cup run would certainly put a smile back on Southampton fans' faces after a wonderful start to the season petered out and 2014 began turbulently.

Executive chairman Nicola Cortese's sudden departure was followed this week by an altercation involving striker Dani Osvaldo and team-mate Jose Fonte.

The Italy international allegedly head-butted and punched Fonte, making a January exit look increasingly likely.

Osvaldo's departure would see 18-year-old Gallagher bump up the pecking order - and deservedly so given his performance against Yeovil.

Brought on as a second-half substitute, the 6ft 4in forward proved a nuisance and scored an impressive first senior goal to wrap up victory.

''I was very pleased for him,'' Davis said. ''Sam's impressed me since he's come into the first team squad and he always seems to squeeze one past me in training which I've reminded him to cut that back a little bit.

''He took his goal very well and not just his goal, his all-round game as well.

''He was good when he came on and it was good for him, and had I not been at the other end of the field I might have gone up to the middle of the field and shook his hand.

''We've got a manager that wants these guys to come through and play, and be involved.

''Secondly, they're involved in training every day and when you step into the first team it can be a bit of an eye opener for some of the youngsters to step up to the pace as quick as they can. Sam and Harry Reed have certainly done that and got their rewards again.''

Davis and Co's attentions are now on Tuesday's return to Premier League action against Arsenal, while Yeovil face high-flying Derby in the Championship - a match made less daunting for the relegation-threatened Glovers after an impressive display at St Mary's.

''We're a young side,'' midfielder Joe Ralls, on loan from Cardiff, said.

''It is brilliant for all of us boys to test ourselves against quality players, some big names out there and lads that are being to other places.

''We knew it was going to be a tough game but we wanted to come and show no fear. Have a really good go.

''We made a good account of ourselves, especially in the first half.''

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2:26pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

You gotta be in it to win it. And we're still in it.
You gotta be in it to win it. And we're still in it. Clever Dick
  • Score: 6

2:43pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Tony in Liberia says...

I believe we can win it, too. Mind you, I also still believe we can win the league, but then I'm a ridiculous optimist!

What I would like to know is if Katherina Leibher was at the game and, if so, what kind of reception she got? I love that we sing "One Marcus Leibher" every game, and if she heard that at the ground she would be much more likely to stump up a few quid for more players when we need them ...
I believe we can win it, too. Mind you, I also still believe we can win the league, but then I'm a ridiculous optimist! What I would like to know is if Katherina Leibher was at the game and, if so, what kind of reception she got? I love that we sing "One Marcus Leibher" every game, and if she heard that at the ground she would be much more likely to stump up a few quid for more players when we need them ... Tony in Liberia
  • Score: 7

2:59pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Saint Jinx says...

Ughh.... every time one of our players or management team comes out with a statement like that, it's like a red rag to a bull for the other teams. In my humble opinion it is best to keep your thoughts under raps and let the results do the talking.
Ughh.... every time one of our players or management team comes out with a statement like that, it's like a red rag to a bull for the other teams. In my humble opinion it is best to keep your thoughts under raps and let the results do the talking. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 7

3:15pm Sun 26 Jan 14

spratt says...

KELVIN CLUB CAPTAIN? I THOUGHT IT WAS ALAN NOW
KELVIN CLUB CAPTAIN? I THOUGHT IT WAS ALAN NOW spratt
  • Score: -23

3:35pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Block 42 says...

Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch
Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch Block 42
  • Score: 6

3:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

DisplacedFan says...

I would fancy Poopeys chances, but they have no money to buy it!
I would fancy Poopeys chances, but they have no money to buy it! DisplacedFan
  • Score: 7

3:56pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

spratt wrote:
KELVIN CLUB CAPTAIN? I THOUGHT IT WAS ALAN NOW
Erm... Kelvin is club captain, and Adam Lallana is team captain. Alan Shearer left a long time ago. You should try to keep up.
[quote][p][bold]spratt[/bold] wrote: KELVIN CLUB CAPTAIN? I THOUGHT IT WAS ALAN NOW[/p][/quote]Erm... Kelvin is club captain, and Adam Lallana is team captain. Alan Shearer left a long time ago. You should try to keep up. Rising_Son
  • Score: 21

3:57pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
I would fancy Poopeys chances, but they have no money to buy it!
And they haven't a good enough team either.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: I would fancy Poopeys chances, but they have no money to buy it![/p][/quote]And they haven't a good enough team either. Rising_Son
  • Score: 5

4:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

Rising_Son wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
I would fancy Poopeys chances, but they have no money to buy it!
And they haven't a good enough team either.
And did you read that fool on the other thread telling us about the new ground they are going to get? They still don't seem to have grasped the fact that you can't steal everything. Some things have to be paid for.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: I would fancy Poopeys chances, but they have no money to buy it![/p][/quote]And they haven't a good enough team either.[/p][/quote]And did you read that fool on the other thread telling us about the new ground they are going to get? They still don't seem to have grasped the fact that you can't steal everything. Some things have to be paid for. Clever Dick
  • Score: 4

4:38pm Sun 26 Jan 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Block 42 wrote:
Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch
They were a credit to their team.
They made a load of noise.
They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side.
They played very well and made it difficult for saints.
They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch.
COYS.
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch[/p][/quote]They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 11

4:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Block 42 says...

SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Block 42 wrote:
Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch
They were a credit to their team.
They made a load of noise.
They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side.
They played very well and made it difficult for saints.
They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch.
COYS.
Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.
[quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch[/p][/quote]They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS.[/p][/quote]Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up. Block 42
  • Score: 7

5:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

sunderland away! fancy our chances.
sunderland away! fancy our chances. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 5

5:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

peregrine73 says...

So against Sunderland next,we can progress with this one!.
So against Sunderland next,we can progress with this one!. peregrine73
  • Score: 5

5:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Good grief Sunderland away again!
Good grief Sunderland away again! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Sun 26 Jan 14

DisplacedFan says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Good grief Sunderland away again!
Yes, but this time we will slay the beast.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Good grief Sunderland away again![/p][/quote]Yes, but this time we will slay the beast. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 10

5:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Home would have been good but that's not bad particularly with the other fixtures, could have been far worse. We only just lost in League Cup there with a very young team and should have won in the Prem. Got a real chance now.
Home would have been good but that's not bad particularly with the other fixtures, could have been far worse. We only just lost in League Cup there with a very young team and should have won in the Prem. Got a real chance now. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 8

5:53pm Sun 26 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Good grief Sunderland away again!
Yes, but this time we will slay the beast.
It must be our turn this time, hope Victor is fit for this one.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Good grief Sunderland away again![/p][/quote]Yes, but this time we will slay the beast.[/p][/quote]It must be our turn this time, hope Victor is fit for this one. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Block 42 wrote:
SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Block 42 wrote:
Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch
They were a credit to their team.
They made a load of noise.
They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side.
They played very well and made it difficult for saints.
They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch.
COYS.
Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.
Sadly believe it or not some us are not always able to stay standing up for long periods and the selfish ones who seem to think it is ok to break the Ground Rules, make it a misery for others. I don't know you, but your attitude is typical of a minority of bad mannered supporters, who somehow think it is clever to be as unpleasant as possible. I am not intending to be a spoilsport but this kind of action spoils it for others, particularly the older and the younger ones amongst us. It has been a reason why haven't done as many away games as I would have liked.
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch[/p][/quote]They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS.[/p][/quote]Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.[/p][/quote]Sadly believe it or not some us are not always able to stay standing up for long periods and the selfish ones who seem to think it is ok to break the Ground Rules, make it a misery for others. I don't know you, but your attitude is typical of a minority of bad mannered supporters, who somehow think it is clever to be as unpleasant as possible. I am not intending to be a spoilsport but this kind of action spoils it for others, particularly the older and the younger ones amongst us. It has been a reason why haven't done as many away games as I would have liked. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

7:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Saintsincethe60s says...

We have a chance as long ad Kelvin doesn't play - that's all
We have a chance as long ad Kelvin doesn't play - that's all Saintsincethe60s
  • Score: 3

8:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Block 42 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Block 42 wrote:
SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Block 42 wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch
They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS.
Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.
Sadly believe it or not some us are not always able to stay standing up for long periods and the selfish ones who seem to think it is ok to break the Ground Rules, make it a misery for others. I don't know you, but your attitude is typical of a minority of bad mannered supporters, who somehow think it is clever to be as unpleasant as possible. I am not intending to be a spoilsport but this kind of action spoils it for others, particularly the older and the younger ones amongst us. It has been a reason why haven't done as many away games as I would have liked.
To be honest with you the atmosphere is terrible at seated grpunds...go to italy it is far better..people have passion..fans have passion and they show it
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch[/p][/quote]They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS.[/p][/quote]Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.[/p][/quote]Sadly believe it or not some us are not always able to stay standing up for long periods and the selfish ones who seem to think it is ok to break the Ground Rules, make it a misery for others. I don't know you, but your attitude is typical of a minority of bad mannered supporters, who somehow think it is clever to be as unpleasant as possible. I am not intending to be a spoilsport but this kind of action spoils it for others, particularly the older and the younger ones amongst us. It has been a reason why haven't done as many away games as I would have liked.[/p][/quote]To be honest with you the atmosphere is terrible at seated grpunds...go to italy it is far better..people have passion..fans have passion and they show it Block 42
  • Score: 3

9:36pm Sun 26 Jan 14

AucklandSaint82 says...

Block 42 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Block 42 wrote:
SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Block 42 wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch
They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS.
Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.
Sadly believe it or not some us are not always able to stay standing up for long periods and the selfish ones who seem to think it is ok to break the Ground Rules, make it a misery for others. I don't know you, but your attitude is typical of a minority of bad mannered supporters, who somehow think it is clever to be as unpleasant as possible. I am not intending to be a spoilsport but this kind of action spoils it for others, particularly the older and the younger ones amongst us. It has been a reason why haven't done as many away games as I would have liked.
To be honest with you the atmosphere is terrible at seated grpunds...go to italy it is far better..people have passion..fans have passion and they show it
Are you brainless block 42? You have to respect the majority of our supporters young and old , if it wasn't for them we would be a big club with great support!!

I was a regular block 42 support before moving to Nz because I like the singing/ standing atmosphere but it's not everyone's cup of tea,I am sure when you grow some maturity at the age of 60 you might need or want to sit down so show some respect!

I do think there should be separate singing/standing areas for the hardcore ultra type fans like block 42 and split away standing sitting areas for everyone to enjoy!
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: Yeovil fans yesterday....so funny and also weird...they all sat down...I literally have never seen that..what a boring bunch[/p][/quote]They were a credit to their team. They made a load of noise. They even wanted more tickets to come and watch their team try to beat our great prem league side. They played very well and made it difficult for saints. They certainly impressed me yesterday, both on and off the pitch. COYS.[/p][/quote]Just saying bro...chelsea for instance took down 3.5k and they all stood up..just seemed really odd if you ask me.all away fans stand up.[/p][/quote]Sadly believe it or not some us are not always able to stay standing up for long periods and the selfish ones who seem to think it is ok to break the Ground Rules, make it a misery for others. I don't know you, but your attitude is typical of a minority of bad mannered supporters, who somehow think it is clever to be as unpleasant as possible. I am not intending to be a spoilsport but this kind of action spoils it for others, particularly the older and the younger ones amongst us. It has been a reason why haven't done as many away games as I would have liked.[/p][/quote]To be honest with you the atmosphere is terrible at seated grpunds...go to italy it is far better..people have passion..fans have passion and they show it[/p][/quote]Are you brainless block 42? You have to respect the majority of our supporters young and old , if it wasn't for them we would be a big club with great support!! I was a regular block 42 support before moving to Nz because I like the singing/ standing atmosphere but it's not everyone's cup of tea,I am sure when you grow some maturity at the age of 60 you might need or want to sit down so show some respect! I do think there should be separate singing/standing areas for the hardcore ultra type fans like block 42 and split away standing sitting areas for everyone to enjoy! AucklandSaint82
  • Score: 0

1:58am Mon 27 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

Saintsincethe60s wrote:
We have a chance as long ad Kelvin doesn't play - that's all
Good man, Get behind the team why don't you.?
[quote][p][bold]Saintsincethe60s[/bold] wrote: We have a chance as long ad Kelvin doesn't play - that's all[/p][/quote]Good man, Get behind the team why don't you.? SiamSaint
  • Score: 3

1:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

If we dont play are strongest team from the Sunderland game on in the Cup the chances of getting to Wembley are very slim indeed. Time to stop phaffing about and show serious intent. Sunderland have already got to one final where we could be now. Take notice SFC.
If we dont play are strongest team from the Sunderland game on in the Cup the chances of getting to Wembley are very slim indeed. Time to stop phaffing about and show serious intent. Sunderland have already got to one final where we could be now. Take notice SFC. Sadoldgitte
  • Score: 0

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