Davis: we musn't let The Blues get us down

STEVEN DAVIS

STEVEN DAVIS

First published in Saints News

Saints midfielder Steven Davis says the team cannot afford to relax in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Chelsea for fear of losing the confidence they have built up in the league.

Nigel Adkins’ side emerged from the festive period with draws from their visits to Fulham and Stoke, as well as Tuesday night’s encounter with Arsenal, at St Mary’s.

They arguably deserved more than their return of three points from that stretch, but, having been underdogs in each of those fixtures, it still represents an encouraging run of form.

Davis, a summer signing from Rangers, said that the undefeated streak over Christmas and New Year has boosted the confidence among the players.

They will hope to carry that feeling into their next Premier League match, an enormously important trip to relegation rivals Aston Villa, one of Davis’ former clubs, a week on Saturday.

First, though, they have the distraction of an FA Cup third round tie against Chelsea at home this weekend.

The Blues, under interim manager Rafa Benitez, pictured below, have won their last four games and notably put eight past Villa at Stamford Bridge two days before Christmas.

Davis insists Saints cannot let the cup holders derail their progress ahead of the trip to Villa Park.

“I think it is important we try and keep confidence going in the team and keep the positive results coming,” he said.

“It is another opportunity to go and test yourself against some of the best players in the world.

“Chelsea are in a good run of form at the moment and it is the FA Cup, so it should be a game that everyone is looking forward to.

“We obviously missed playing Chelsea in the league just before Christmas because they were away in Japan.

“It is another good test for us and we want to try and keep confidence going.”

Saints made their fifth goalkeeping change of the Premier League campaign on Tuesday, as Kelvin Davis was dropped for the second time this season, on this occasion being replaced by Artur Boruc for the visit of Arsenal.

The Polish stopper escaped from an uncertain spell in the opening minutes without disaster, and will hope to retain his place against Chelsea.

Midfielder Davis, who says Boruc may need some time to settle, believes the competition for the keeper’s jersey, with Paulo Gazzaniga also battling for it, is a good thing.

“I think we have got three good goalkeepers and it is always hard to come into the side after a little bit,” said the 28-year-old, who celebrated his most recent birthday on New Year’s Day.

“It’ll take him a couple of games to get up to speed and, as I say, we’ve got three good goalkeepers here all competing for a starting place and competition is a good thing.”

Davis added: “Usually you get a settled number one, but it has been the case this season that the manager has decided to change it about.

“Every player in the squad is capable of playing and everyone wants to get their chance and try and take it.

“That goes for every position throughout the team, so they want the same thing.”

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8:53am Thu 3 Jan 13

Just A Voice says...

If Twitchy's lot can beat them I'm sure we can, Chelsea didn't look interested last night, hopefully it will be same on Saturday, if not and we lose, oh well, the league is our priority.
If Twitchy's lot can beat them I'm sure we can, Chelsea didn't look interested last night, hopefully it will be same on Saturday, if not and we lose, oh well, the league is our priority. Just A Voice
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9:38am Thu 3 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

It would be nice to go on Cup run, to give some of the Squad players match time, but I am not over bothered about it, we really don't want too much distraction from the more important task of staying up. Not that I would complain about a day out Wembley, I quite enjoyed the last one.
It would be nice to go on Cup run, to give some of the Squad players match time, but I am not over bothered about it, we really don't want too much distraction from the more important task of staying up. Not that I would complain about a day out Wembley, I quite enjoyed the last one. OSPREYSAINT
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10:18am Thu 3 Jan 13

right back in the bar says...

'The Cup' has always been important to us as a club but we have massive games coming up. We should rest RL, Spider (is he suspended anyway?), Jack Cork, and Punch. These lads are the quality that will win the games against Villa and Wigan and simply cannot be risked unneccessarily.

Put Davis in there with Ward-Prowse; Guly and Schteeeeve either side; Gaston (60 mins) and JayRod upfront. Then we have a basis of a team that can compete with them.
'The Cup' has always been important to us as a club but we have massive games coming up. We should rest RL, Spider (is he suspended anyway?), Jack Cork, and Punch. These lads are the quality that will win the games against Villa and Wigan and simply cannot be risked unneccessarily. Put Davis in there with Ward-Prowse; Guly and Schteeeeve either side; Gaston (60 mins) and JayRod upfront. Then we have a basis of a team that can compete with them. right back in the bar
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10:25am Thu 3 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Spider isn't banned.After the New Year he needs 10 bookings to trigger a ban. Personally I'd play a complete replacement team. I understand the argument about continuity etc. but the league has to be our absolute priority. We cannot afford any unnecessary injuries. Villa at full strength would be nice.
Spider isn't banned.After the New Year he needs 10 bookings to trigger a ban. Personally I'd play a complete replacement team. I understand the argument about continuity etc. but the league has to be our absolute priority. We cannot afford any unnecessary injuries. Villa at full strength would be nice. Clever Dick
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10:27am Thu 3 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Spider isn't banned.After the New Year he needs 10 bookings to trigger a ban. Personally I'd play a complete replacement team. I understand the argument about continuity etc. but the league has to be our absolute priority. We cannot afford any unnecessary injuries. Villa at full strength would be nice.
Spider isn't banned.After the New Year he needs 10 bookings to trigger a ban. Personally I'd play a complete replacement team. I understand the argument about continuity etc. but the league has to be our absolute priority. We cannot afford any unnecessary injuries. Villa at full strength would be nice. Clever Dick
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11:46am Thu 3 Jan 13

SaintJD says...

The best way to ensure the team isn't impacted by this game is to play a reserve side.

I'm usually against resting players in cups, but my opinion is that, if you play a reserve side away to Leeds in the later stages of league cup in November when the fixtures aren't piling up then you certainly shouldn't be playing a full strength team against tougher opposition a million miles from a Wembley final when fixtures are sure to pile up in Feb and March.

For me, a club like ours should priorities the league cup if any - fewer fixtures, no replays, over by February at the latest, more realistic chance of winning.

Rest as many as you can in my opinion and play the others to 1) give them a chance to impress either for us or the shop window and 2) repay their patience with the chance to play a glamour tie.

OK, if he plays a first choice team and we win I'll be delighted, but personally I'd sacrifice that for a better chance of beating Everton or Man City at home later this month.
The best way to ensure the team isn't impacted by this game is to play a reserve side. I'm usually against resting players in cups, but my opinion is that, if you play a reserve side away to Leeds in the later stages of league cup in November when the fixtures aren't piling up then you certainly shouldn't be playing a full strength team against tougher opposition a million miles from a Wembley final when fixtures are sure to pile up in Feb and March. For me, a club like ours should priorities the league cup if any - fewer fixtures, no replays, over by February at the latest, more realistic chance of winning. Rest as many as you can in my opinion and play the others to 1) give them a chance to impress either for us or the shop window and 2) repay their patience with the chance to play a glamour tie. OK, if he plays a first choice team and we win I'll be delighted, but personally I'd sacrifice that for a better chance of beating Everton or Man City at home later this month. SaintJD
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11:50am Thu 3 Jan 13

SFCSaint says...

they cant be that good they lost at home to **** **** QPR!!??
they cant be that good they lost at home to **** **** QPR!!?? SFCSaint
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12:38pm Thu 3 Jan 13

saintsupnorth says...

Chelsea will be looking to slaughter us to make up for the Stoke game. In respects to Benitez this is a must win game, as the FA cup is the only silverware Chelsea have a chance of getting this season. Lose to us and Roman will be doing his Apprentice impersonation again.

Although the pressure is all on them to go out and win. We probably are the underdogs for this match, but we thrive when we are given that status. Think Chelsea will be in for a shock on Sat!!.
Chelsea will be looking to slaughter us to make up for the Stoke game. In respects to Benitez this is a must win game, as the FA cup is the only silverware Chelsea have a chance of getting this season. Lose to us and Roman will be doing his Apprentice impersonation again. Although the pressure is all on them to go out and win. We probably are the underdogs for this match, but we thrive when we are given that status. Think Chelsea will be in for a shock on Sat!!. saintsupnorth
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12:57pm Thu 3 Jan 13

SaintJD says...

saintsupnorth wrote:
Chelsea will be looking to slaughter us to make up for the Stoke game. In respects to Benitez this is a must win game, as the FA cup is the only silverware Chelsea have a chance of getting this season. Lose to us and Roman will be doing his Apprentice impersonation again.

Although the pressure is all on them to go out and win. We probably are the underdogs for this match, but we thrive when we are given that status. Think Chelsea will be in for a shock on Sat!!.
Not that Roman would be entirely delighted with it, but I believe they are looking good for the League Cup - Swansea in the semis next week and either Aston Villa or Bradford if they make it through. So not their last chance of silverware.
[quote][p][bold]saintsupnorth[/bold] wrote: Chelsea will be looking to slaughter us to make up for the Stoke game. In respects to Benitez this is a must win game, as the FA cup is the only silverware Chelsea have a chance of getting this season. Lose to us and Roman will be doing his Apprentice impersonation again. Although the pressure is all on them to go out and win. We probably are the underdogs for this match, but we thrive when we are given that status. Think Chelsea will be in for a shock on Sat!!.[/p][/quote]Not that Roman would be entirely delighted with it, but I believe they are looking good for the League Cup - Swansea in the semis next week and either Aston Villa or Bradford if they make it through. So not their last chance of silverware. SaintJD
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3:15pm Thu 3 Jan 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

I would pick the following X1 for the chelsea cup game.
GAZZA
RICHARDSON,FONTE,JOS
S,FOX
DE RIDDER ,CHAPLOW,JWP,REEVES,

RODRIGUES,TADANARI LEE.
subs.
KELVIN,CORK,YOSHIDA,
STEVE DAVIS,GULY,BARNARD,R
AMIREZ.
I would save our best starting X1 for chelsea in the league thats when we must beat them.The 11 that i have selected with the exception of skipper FONTE all have something to prove and may give chelsjki a suprise.REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BALACLAVA and THE THIN RED LINE.
COYR LETS GIVE THE RUSSIAN BEAR A DAMNED GOOD HAMMERING AND MAKE moneybags abramovich as sick as a sickle.
I would pick the following X1 for the chelsea cup game. GAZZA RICHARDSON,FONTE,JOS S,FOX DE RIDDER ,CHAPLOW,JWP,REEVES, RODRIGUES,TADANARI LEE. subs. KELVIN,CORK,YOSHIDA, STEVE DAVIS,GULY,BARNARD,R AMIREZ. I would save our best starting X1 for chelsea in the league thats when we must beat them.The 11 that i have selected with the exception of skipper FONTE all have something to prove and may give chelsjki a suprise.REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BALACLAVA and THE THIN RED LINE. COYR LETS GIVE THE RUSSIAN BEAR A DAMNED GOOD HAMMERING AND MAKE moneybags abramovich as sick as a sickle. CB FRY LIVES
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6:21pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
I would pick the following X1 for the chelsea cup game.
GAZZA
RICHARDSON,FONTE,JOS

S,FOX
DE RIDDER ,CHAPLOW,JWP,REEVES,


RODRIGUES,TADANARI LEE.
subs.
KELVIN,CORK,YOSHIDA,

STEVE DAVIS,GULY,BARNARD,R

AMIREZ.
I would save our best starting X1 for chelsea in the league thats when we must beat them.The 11 that i have selected with the exception of skipper FONTE all have something to prove and may give chelsjki a suprise.REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BALACLAVA and THE THIN RED LINE.
COYR LETS GIVE THE RUSSIAN BEAR A DAMNED GOOD HAMMERING AND MAKE moneybags abramovich as sick as a sickle.
I don't tend to try pre-guessing a starting eleven, but I generally agree with this.

That said, I'd give Boruc more time in goal - he needs it. Might also be worth either Steve Davis or Guly getting another 60 minutes.

Both sides should take this game seriously, Chelsea need to win something this season and this is a chance of that and we could do with the extra games to allow fringe players some game time. It would also be a confidence booster to give any Chelsea eleven a decent game.

I'll be there; my first trip to SMS this season - can't wait.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: I would pick the following X1 for the chelsea cup game. GAZZA RICHARDSON,FONTE,JOS S,FOX DE RIDDER ,CHAPLOW,JWP,REEVES, RODRIGUES,TADANARI LEE. subs. KELVIN,CORK,YOSHIDA, STEVE DAVIS,GULY,BARNARD,R AMIREZ. I would save our best starting X1 for chelsea in the league thats when we must beat them.The 11 that i have selected with the exception of skipper FONTE all have something to prove and may give chelsjki a suprise.REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BALACLAVA and THE THIN RED LINE. COYR LETS GIVE THE RUSSIAN BEAR A DAMNED GOOD HAMMERING AND MAKE moneybags abramovich as sick as a sickle.[/p][/quote]I don't tend to try pre-guessing a starting eleven, but I generally agree with this. That said, I'd give Boruc more time in goal - he needs it. Might also be worth either Steve Davis or Guly getting another 60 minutes. Both sides should take this game seriously, Chelsea need to win something this season and this is a chance of that and we could do with the extra games to allow fringe players some game time. It would also be a confidence booster to give any Chelsea eleven a decent game. I'll be there; my first trip to SMS this season - can't wait. Strasbourg Saint
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6:38pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
I would pick the following X1 for the chelsea cup game.
GAZZA
RICHARDSON,FONTE,JOS

S,FOX
DE RIDDER ,CHAPLOW,JWP,REEVES,


RODRIGUES,TADANARI LEE.
subs.
KELVIN,CORK,YOSHIDA,

STEVE DAVIS,GULY,BARNARD,R

AMIREZ.
I would save our best starting X1 for chelsea in the league thats when we must beat them.The 11 that i have selected with the exception of skipper FONTE all have something to prove and may give chelsjki a suprise.REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BALACLAVA and THE THIN RED LINE.
COYR LETS GIVE THE RUSSIAN BEAR A DAMNED GOOD HAMMERING AND MAKE moneybags abramovich as sick as a sickle.
I'd pick a similar side to that as well. Wouldn't risk Fonte either but I don't know if we have a choice. Would put Clyne on the bench as well, just to give him a bit of game time b4 he helps us beat Villa.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: I would pick the following X1 for the chelsea cup game. GAZZA RICHARDSON,FONTE,JOS S,FOX DE RIDDER ,CHAPLOW,JWP,REEVES, RODRIGUES,TADANARI LEE. subs. KELVIN,CORK,YOSHIDA, STEVE DAVIS,GULY,BARNARD,R AMIREZ. I would save our best starting X1 for chelsea in the league thats when we must beat them.The 11 that i have selected with the exception of skipper FONTE all have something to prove and may give chelsjki a suprise.REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BALACLAVA and THE THIN RED LINE. COYR LETS GIVE THE RUSSIAN BEAR A DAMNED GOOD HAMMERING AND MAKE moneybags abramovich as sick as a sickle.[/p][/quote]I'd pick a similar side to that as well. Wouldn't risk Fonte either but I don't know if we have a choice. Would put Clyne on the bench as well, just to give him a bit of game time b4 he helps us beat Villa. Clever Dick
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9:02am Fri 4 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

I guess we have to sweat on Ba not being signed before mid-day! Certainly they will be looking to redress the QPR result. We have to disregard all of that, the Press will be having a field day one way or the other. It is up to the Saints if they want it enough to make sure it happens.
I guess we have to sweat on Ba not being signed before mid-day! Certainly they will be looking to redress the QPR result. We have to disregard all of that, the Press will be having a field day one way or the other. It is up to the Saints if they want it enough to make sure it happens. OSPREYSAINT
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