Mixed emotions for Davis after 100th Saints game

By SFC Media time Sat 24 Jan First team

Steven Davis was disappointed to mark his 100th appearance for Southampton with defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

The midfielder, who joined Saints following their return to the Premier League in 2012, has played an influential role in helping Ronald Koeman’s side to third in the table in the league.

But he was unable to prevent Palace from sealing a 3-2 win at St Mary’s to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup as he reached 100 appearances for the club.

Speaking to Southampton’s official YouTube channel after the game, Davis admitted Saints hadn’t been themselves in the opening 45 minutes, as Palace scored three first-half goals which ultimately proved the difference.

“I think the first half we seemed to be a yard off it at times and we let them in a bit too easily for the goals,” Davis said. “Obviously having got ourselves in front we expected to deal with the game better.

“We had a reaction in the second half, I thought we dominated it, but we just couldn’t get that goal to get back into the game.

“We did well to get ourselves in front twice and then we let them back in it and they took confidence from that. They had a few more opportunities after that which we’re disappointed with.

“As always there are things we can improve on, but we got a reaction in the second half and that’s maybe the positive to take from it.

“I didn’t know [it was my 100th appearance for the club]. It was a disappointing one today, but there’s been a lot more positives than negatives over that time and long may that continue.

“The club has been on an incredible journey over the last five years and I’ve been lucky enough o be part of that for the last three seasons.”

The defeat means Saints’ full focus will now be on the Premier League, and Davis feels it is important they bounce back as quickly as possible to continue the momentum they have built up over recent weeks.

“We wanted to keep the momentum going, especially here at home, so we were massively disappointed to lose the game,” Davis added. “You could see we were trying everything second half but we just couldn’t get the goal.

“When you get beat you want to bounce back as soon as possible. We have an opportunity to do that at home next week against Swansea City.

“So we’ll recover from this game, look to where we’ve gone wrong and try to put that right going into the game against Swansea. We are frustrated, so as I say it’s important we bounce back.

“So far this season it has been really successful and we want to continue that and to finish on a high, starting next week hopefully.”

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