Kelvin sees value in a good cup run

Kelvin Davis

Kelvin Davis

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Kelvin Davis is aware it’s a tough juggling act for Saints as they try and marry the desire for a good FA Cup run with their Premier League ambitions.

Saints take on Burnley in the third round at St Mary’s tomorrow in a competition many fans feel the club could go far in this season.

However, the club’s main priority is their league campaign and with three games having already been notched up in the space of a week, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make a number of changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Chelsea.

“Obviously every Premier League club looks at the FA Cup and thinks it’s a competition they can win,” said Davis.

“It’s been proven that the big teams in the league don’t always win it, so why shouldn’t we think we can win it.

“Of course, we’d love to win it but it’s also important we finish as high as we can in the league. “ He added: “It’s an opportunity to get back to winning ways.

“Full respect to Burnley, obviously not so long ago we were [in their position] playing against a Premier League club in the FA Cup and you give everything.

“On top of that they’re doing very well in the Championship, they’ve got a good manager and look like they have a very good chance of getting promoted this year.

“We won’t show them any disrespect.”

Davis will be hoping for another outing between the posts after a frustrating time recently.

He was waiting patiently for a chance behind Artur Boruc, pictured right, only to get injured at the same time as the Polish stopper.

That meant Paulo Gazzaniga getting the nod, until the last two games when Davis has returned to fitness and won back his place.

“I’m very driven to play as many games as I can for Southampton,” said the veteran keeper.

“You don’t wish an injury on any player but I’m just happy to be helping the club as much as I can.

“I felt, up until Artur’s injury, I was always going to play if he wasn’t available.

“But then I picked up an injury myself and Paulo played.

“When I was fit the manager decided to put me back in.

“It was purely his decision and I respect that, whichever way it would have gone.”

The opening of the January transfer window has inevitably led to a host of speculation linking some of Saints’ young stars with moves away from St Mary’s.

Davis though is confident the club will hold onto their biggest assets.

“We’ve got a passionate chairman who’s very, very keen on keeping everyone at this club,” he said.

“He rewards players very early on in their careers and I think players respect that.

“I’m sure if anyone does go it would be the club’s decision.

“The club’s run very well, by a fantastic manager, and whatever decision he makes won’t affect the squad.

“Since the Liebherr family and Nicola Cortrese and have taken over the mentality of the whole club has changed, it’s as simple as that.

“If players want to leave, the club make the decision whether they can go or not.

“When they want to bring a player in the resources are there to do that.”

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10:38am Fri 3 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

I hope we take this competion seriiously but fear that NC will have his way and that we will put out a weakended side.Confidence comes about through winning games and I would like to see us go for it. Burnley will be a tough enough game for a full strength team.
I hope we take this competion seriiously but fear that NC will have his way and that we will put out a weakended side.Confidence comes about through winning games and I would like to see us go for it. Burnley will be a tough enough game for a full strength team. Sadoldgitte
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11:30am Fri 3 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

Would be good to put out a full strength team, but following the busy Christmas/New Year period, I expect several players to be rested.
I would hope we will still send out a fairly strong side, with a few youngsters, but also have a strong bench if the game needs chasing, or putting to bed.
Would be good to put out a full strength team, but following the busy Christmas/New Year period, I expect several players to be rested. I would hope we will still send out a fairly strong side, with a few youngsters, but also have a strong bench if the game needs chasing, or putting to bed. Costa Baz
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12:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Rising_Son says...

Sadoldgitte wrote:
I hope we take this competion seriiously but fear that NC will have his way and that we will put out a weakended side.Confidence comes about through winning games and I would like to see us go for it. Burnley will be a tough enough game for a full strength team.
How do you know it is NC's decision?
[quote][p][bold]Sadoldgitte[/bold] wrote: I hope we take this competion seriiously but fear that NC will have his way and that we will put out a weakended side.Confidence comes about through winning games and I would like to see us go for it. Burnley will be a tough enough game for a full strength team.[/p][/quote]How do you know it is NC's decision? Rising_Son
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12:41pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

Because he was clearly hacked off with Pardew when he insisted on playing his strongest team in cup competitions and it hasnt happened since. Did you see NCs face when we won the cup? If looks could kill. There was plenty in the press at the time about how he felt the league took precident over cup competitions.
Because he was clearly hacked off with Pardew when he insisted on playing his strongest team in cup competitions and it hasnt happened since. Did you see NCs face when we won the cup? If looks could kill. There was plenty in the press at the time about how he felt the league took precident over cup competitions. Sadoldgitte
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