Northern Ireland match 'has come at the right time' for Saints' Steven Davis

Steven Davis

Steven Davis

First published in Sport

SAINTS midfielder and Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has promised a ''hungry'' performance in tomorrow night's friendly against Finland.

Davis, who inherited the armband from Aaron Hughes when Michael O'Neill took over as manager, was one of over a dozen first-choice players who missed the 6-0 defeat against Holland in June but is back to lead the side out at Windsor Park.

While O'Neill was frustrated by the events in Amsterdam - both the timing of the fixture and the depleted squad he was forced to take into it - he has a much stronger party to choose from against Finland.

Central defender Hughes, Celtic winger Paddy McCourt and uncapped Liverpool teenager Ryan McLaughlin have withdrawn from the initial squad due to injury, joining Manchester United's Jonny Evans, but Northern Ireland are otherwise at full-strength and Davis has promised the team will be on their mettle.

''Holland was always going to be a difficult game, the Dutch are a great side,'' he said.

''But this a good opportunity to build a bit of confidence, play the way we want to and get a good result.

''It's a good opportunity to come back and play at Windsor and it's the last match before the competitive games start.

''Everything is aimed towards the World Cup qualifiers but for now we're focused on the next couple of days.

''It will be a hungry squad and everyone is looking forward to the game.''

The game also offers a chance for Davis to get some much-needed game time in his legs ahead of his maiden season with Southampton .

The midfielder left troubled Rangers this summer after the drawn-out demotion to the bottom tier of Scottish football and is now preparing to test himself in the Barclays Premier League .

He admits he is not quite at peak fitness yet, but hopes a strong showing against the Finns can do him some good.

''For me personally this match comes at the right time,'' he said.

''I missed a big chunk of pre-season and I only started training in the last 10 days, so this is a good time for me.''

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5:10pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Do not get yourself injured!
Do not get yourself injured! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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9:06pm Tue 14 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Do not get yourself injured!
Great minds think alike I was just going to say the same!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Do not get yourself injured![/p][/quote]Great minds think alike I was just going to say the same! OSPREYSAINT
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12:16am Wed 15 Aug 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Do not get yourself injured!
Great minds think alike I was just going to say the same!
Strange so did I.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Do not get yourself injured![/p][/quote]Great minds think alike I was just going to say the same![/p][/quote]Strange so did I. SFCOLDBOY
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7:14am Wed 15 Aug 12

GX Saint says...

I was going to say something different but I forget what it was
I was going to say something different but I forget what it was GX Saint
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7:46am Wed 15 Aug 12

Flashin the pan says...

Remember saints when you play Man C. pack your defence in numbers so as to keep the scoreline down otherwise your going get stuffed good and proper.
It's going to be a fun game to watch for us skates especially when the City goals start flying in.
Remember saints when you play Man C. pack your defence in numbers so as to keep the scoreline down otherwise your going get stuffed good and proper. It's going to be a fun game to watch for us skates especially when the City goals start flying in. Flashin the pan
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8:22am Wed 15 Aug 12

batesieboy says...

Flashin the pan wrote:
Remember saints when you play Man C. pack your defence in numbers so as to keep the scoreline down otherwise your going get stuffed good and proper.
It's going to be a fun game to watch for us skates especially when the City goals start flying in.
Hi Skate!! Having fun yet?! Your "Club" is getting stuffed good and proper every single day, by Portpin, Birch, PST...it's been great every day for months, and the comedy is set to continue for us Saints, as we watch you slide further and further down to the liquidiser!!
[quote][p][bold]Flashin the pan[/bold] wrote: Remember saints when you play Man C. pack your defence in numbers so as to keep the scoreline down otherwise your going get stuffed good and proper. It's going to be a fun game to watch for us skates especially when the City goals start flying in.[/p][/quote]Hi Skate!! Having fun yet?! Your "Club" is getting stuffed good and proper every single day, by Portpin, Birch, PST...it's been great every day for months, and the comedy is set to continue for us Saints, as we watch you slide further and further down to the liquidiser!! batesieboy
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11:57am Wed 15 Aug 12

SO50 Saint says...

That skate comment is absolutely hilarious. I really don't know where to start about their shambles of a club
That skate comment is absolutely hilarious. I really don't know where to start about their shambles of a club SO50 Saint
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