One time Aston Villa man Steven Davis says he will cast aside memories of playing in Claret and Blue on Saturday.
The Northern Ireland captain was given his break in football by the Midlands outfit and made over 100 appearances in the top flight for them, as well as winning the club’s Player of the Year prize in 2006.
Davis hit the winner in the last Barclays Premier League meeting between Saints and Villa which ended 3-2 to the visitors at St Mary’s. This weekend though, the midfielder is desperate for his first success as a Southampton player.
“I was 16 when I joined them and had some good times there,” he tells Saturday’s official matchday programme.
“But that’s all in the past. There’s no room for sentiment in football. I’m a Southampton man now and we need to beat Villa to get our season up and running.
“It’s a big game for us and I would just love to get on the scoresheet again, this time for Southampton.”
Davis is just finding his feet after a summer move from Glasgow Rangers and already he’s experienced joy and despair as his new club look to gain a foothold in the top flight.
The confidence that he himself helped to engender with a wondrous first touch goal in the 3-2 defeat away to defending champions Manchester City, has wavered on the back of defeats by Wigan, Manchester United and Arsenal.
But Davis insists: “We haven’t lost heart. We’ve proved we can compete with the best of them with our displays against Manchester City and Manchester United, and we believe that a win is just around the corner.”
Read the full interview with Steven Davis inside Saturday’s 76 page official matchday programmme, which is available in and around St Mary’s priced at £3.