Saints won't get carried away, says Davis

By SFC Media Fri 26 Sep First team

Steven Davis says he and his teammates are keeping their feet on the ground as they go into tomorrow’s home game against QPR.

Saints have strung together five consecutive victories, the most recent of which was an impressive Capital One Cup win at Arsenal in midweek.

Next up is a QPR side that has struggled on the road this season, losing 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United as well as going out of the League Cup at Burton Albion last month.

But, despite being overwhelming favourites for tomorrow’s game, Davis and his teammates are determined to avoid complacency – hence their decision to cancel a planned day off earlier this week.

“We need to be on top of our game week-in week-out to continue this run of form,” the Northern Ireland captain told youtube.com/southamptonfc

“It’s going to be another tough game against QPR but we’re obviously confident we can get another good result.

“I don’t think we’re going to get carried away. Straight after the [Arsenal] game, the boys were talking about Saturday and getting focused for that. 

“We had to come in and get our recovery done to prepare ourselves right even though we were home late after the game.

“We’re obviously enjoying the form we’re in at the minute but there’s enough experience within the team to realise that, if you don’t put in the right sort of effort in the Premier League then you’ll get found out.”

Despite their poor start to the season, Davis expects newly-promoted Rangers to put up a good fight at St Mary’s tomorrow.

“It’s always difficult when you come up from the Championship,” he reasoned. “They’re trying to find their feet because they’ve got some new players to add into the team.

“It’s going to be a really tough game because they’ll make it difficult for us as teams do when they come to St Mary’s, but it’s a game that we want to go and get three points from.”

On a personal level, Davis says he’s pleased with his own start to the campaign – although, with midfield colleagues Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama all among the goals in recent weeks, he is itching to score his first goal of the season.

“I’m a little bit disappointed because I’ve had a few opportunities in front of goal which I should have done better with,” explained the 29 year-old. 

“Hopefully, if I keep getting in those positions, one will go in the back of the net sooner rather than later.

“I’m obviously delighted for the lads to get goals because it’s important for midfielders to chip in across the course of the season.

“The way the manager sets us up means there’s a freedom to play, especially with the middle three rotating. It gives players the opportunity to get forward into those positions, and the lads have finished those opportunities well. 

“Hopefully it’s my turn next! If I keep getting in those positions, one will drop for me sooner rather than later.”

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