Saints are capable of run, says Davis

By SFC Media Sat 25 Jan Club

Kelvin Davis believes that Southampton have what it takes to go far in The FA Cup after making it into the Fifth Round of the competition.

Saints secured their third successive win on home soil to move into the last 16 which reassured Davis that the team can make a good challenge for silverware this season.

“I really believe that we’ve got the capabilities of going all the way,” he told Saints Player after a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town.

“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.

“We look at every game and I know it’s a cliché, but we believe we can win and we’ve got Arsenal here on Tuesday night and that just puts a smile on your face doesn’t it?

“We feel that we’ve got the capabilities as I said. We’ve got the squad and the type of players and team that on their day are capable and we’ve proved that here before.”

A relatively routine success over Yeovil on Saturday sealed Saints’ progress with a goal in either half made equally satisfying by a clean sheet for the man between the posts.

“We were very much prepared because the manager looks and studies the opposition,” said Davis. 

“We watched a few of their clips before the game and it transpired to be the style of game that we expected. It was a tough game nevertheless, and was one that you need that goal to get you on your way which we did today and thankfully we went on and won the game.”

Guly do Prado got the ball rolling with his 22nd minute penalty, and Davis revealed there was a lot of happiness for the goalscorer, particularly as there was no discussion before the game as to who would take a spot kick.

“It wasn’t spoken about,” the club captain revealed. “I turned to the fans and said, “who’s going to take this one?” and everyone was looking around to see where Rickie was but of course he was up in the stands watching it with his son. 

“It was nice of the lads to give the ball to Guly. He’s had a tough time in coming back from injury, but he’s looking sharp. I’m really pleased for him and getting back into the team and scoring.”

With the tie only at 1-0 going into half-time, Kelvin highlighted that there was a determination to kill off the Glovers in the second 45.

“I said at half time that we don’t want a repeat of Burnley who came here in the last round,” Davis affirmed. “We kind of didn’t play at our best and weren’t mentally ready for the second half when before you knew it they were back in the game, so we were very much aware of that in this second half and we got the second goal that we needed to push us on.”

After the oldest outfield player had put Saints 1-0 up, it was the turn of the youngest to double the advantage, as Sam Gallagher struck his first professional goal to wrap up the game.

“I was very pleased for him. 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,” the goalkeeper added. “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 [Gallagher] and Harry [Reed] have certainly done that and got their rewards again today.”

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