Davis: We need a reaction to Liverpool defeat

By SFC Media time Wed 02 Dec Club

Steven Davis has called on Saints to produce a reaction to their 6-1 defeat against Liverpool when they take on Aston Villa this Saturday.

Ronald Koeman's side went out of the Capital One Cup at the quarter-final stage on a deflating night at St Mary's, as they were trounced by the Reds.

Saints have now lost three games in a row, after an eight-match unbeaten run, and Davis, who captained the side in José Fonte's absence, wants to make sure that streak ends when bottom-placed Villa visit for a Barclays Premier League contest this weekend.

"It's important we pick ourselves up now and hopefully get back to winning ways on Saturday and make sure we get a reaction and that's the most important thing," he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

Davis added: "We don't want it to happen again. It's making sure it doesn't happen again and how you go about that is making sure we work harder."

With little time between games, Davis is pleased that the team will be back in action so quickly.

"I think it's good to have a game so soon," he said. "I think you want to get back out on the pitch and, obviously, the fans deserve more.

"We know we're capable of a lot better than what we've shown tonight and it's just getting back to the sort of standards we set earlier in the season."

Midfielder Davis admitted it was hard to reflect on what had gone wrong so soon after the match.

"Obviously, we came off the pitch very disappointed," he said. "We thought we had a good opportunity to progress in the competition. We knew it was going to be a tough game.

"We spoke before the game about making a good start and we were delighted with the way we did, but we'll have to assess the game obviously now.

"It's hard to speak about it and reflect on it straight after the game with the emotions and feeling the disappointment, but we obviously could have done better on some of the goals we conceded and we need to look at that."

Davis added: "There's no positive way to look at it really for me. It's a hugely disappointing night, a hugely disappointing end result and, as I say, it's important we just get back to basics maybe and get back to doing what we were good at and make sure we work hard and get back to keeping clean sheets and hopefully winning games."

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