Steven Davis: Leverkusen test was great preparation for Premier League opener

Steven Davis: Leverkusen test was great preparation for Premier League opener

Steven Davis: Leverkusen test was great preparation for Premier League opener

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Steven Davis believes yesterday’s test against Bayer Leverkusen has left Saints well prepared for their Premier League opener against Liverpool.

The visit of the German club to St Mary’s marked the culmination of pre-season and provided Ronald Koeman’s men with their most rigorous examination of the summer.

Although Leverkusen emerged with a 1-0 win, it was Saints who arguably controlled more of the game and created the better of the opportunities.

Davis said the experience, against opponents who are one step away from qualifying for the Champions League group stages, was an ideal one ahead of Sunday’s trip to Anfield.

“We’ve gradually built up in each and every game,” said the 29-year-old, who was one of Saints’ star performers last season.

“It was a good test against good opposition, and that will prepare us well for next week.

“But we’ve still got things to improve on, as you could see, and we’ve got a week to do that ahead of Liverpool.”

Davis added: “It’s just really getting that extra 15, 20 per cent maybe in the final third from us, that extra little bit of sharpness.

“We’ve still got a week to prepare for Liverpool, but I think, especially in the last 15 or 20 minutes, some space started to open up a little bit, we got in good areas, but maybe just that final pass, that final decision, was just a bit short in and around the box.

“Hopefully we look forward to another successful season.”

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6:25pm Sun 10 Aug 14

nomorerumours says...

Thank you Echo - you got message...we want real stories about our club and current players.

Well said Steven - we're steadily getting up to speed. 3 more signings early this week and we're nearly there.
Thank you Echo - you got message...we want real stories about our club and current players. Well said Steven - we're steadily getting up to speed. 3 more signings early this week and we're nearly there. nomorerumours
  • Score: 48

6:59pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Chapperall says...

Good positive comments from Steve Davis. Yes there is some work to in the final 3rd as Liverpool will be out to make a point! I think Pele is a good target man but he needs support up front. Jay is going to be missed that's for sure.
Good positive comments from Steve Davis. Yes there is some work to in the final 3rd as Liverpool will be out to make a point! I think Pele is a good target man but he needs support up front. Jay is going to be missed that's for sure. Chapperall
  • Score: 22

7:09pm Sun 10 Aug 14

just kidding says...

Steve Davis, good man, good Saint and really good player. keep up the great work mate.
Steve Davis, good man, good Saint and really good player. keep up the great work mate. just kidding
  • Score: 28

7:16pm Sun 10 Aug 14

THE12THMAN says...

Well said Steven Davis, every time I have seen you play you give 100%, great player.
Well said Steven Davis, every time I have seen you play you give 100%, great player. THE12THMAN
  • Score: 25

7:45pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Roman Centurion says...

THE12THMAN wrote:
Well said Steven Davis, every time I have seen you play you give 100%, great player.
Very underrated often goes under the radar Davis is a true professional
[quote][p][bold]THE12THMAN[/bold] wrote: Well said Steven Davis, every time I have seen you play you give 100%, great player.[/p][/quote]Very underrated often goes under the radar Davis is a true professional Roman Centurion
  • Score: 21

10:38pm Sun 10 Aug 14

upwherewebelong says...

I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.
I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right. upwherewebelong
  • Score: -7

11:07pm Sun 10 Aug 14

lallanasatit says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.
Your missing 1 small detail mate, friendlys mean nothing, and playing for liverpoo is pressure, rikie has never been used to lala bottled it so is pretending to b injured, how will he react to going from an academy player in lower league football being one of the best players with no pressure what so ever we were by far the best team in league 1 as well as the championship, when the pressure was on forleague 1 and championship titles the team flapped rickie and lalaland was our heart beat of the side when their was a little bit of pressurethey didnt perform, their at a big club now and one which has spent a lot of money simply has to qualify for next seasons champions league which in its self is going to be extremely difficult, lost its best player and the majority of its goals with out Suarez they were an average side, we finished 8yh which makes us an average side, we are still an average side nothing more, lierpoo have brought average players, the best player they were linked with, sanchez went to arsenal, how lalaland will cope with being a 25mil player with so much pressure now and the others remains to be seen, in my opionion they ate now completely set up to fail. We shall see, dont worry it will be fine, iv bi a bit negative and very very critical. We needed so many new players and all at once will be extremely difficulf to settle them in, thats y the gaps between transfers sign 1 give him 10 days trai ing with new side etc, its no coincidence theirs 20 days left of aug and we need2 3 players, bring it on cant wait
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.[/p][/quote]Your missing 1 small detail mate, friendlys mean nothing, and playing for liverpoo is pressure, rikie has never been used to lala bottled it so is pretending to b injured, how will he react to going from an academy player in lower league football being one of the best players with no pressure what so ever we were by far the best team in league 1 as well as the championship, when the pressure was on forleague 1 and championship titles the team flapped rickie and lalaland was our heart beat of the side when their was a little bit of pressurethey didnt perform, their at a big club now and one which has spent a lot of money simply has to qualify for next seasons champions league which in its self is going to be extremely difficult, lost its best player and the majority of its goals with out Suarez they were an average side, we finished 8yh which makes us an average side, we are still an average side nothing more, lierpoo have brought average players, the best player they were linked with, sanchez went to arsenal, how lalaland will cope with being a 25mil player with so much pressure now and the others remains to be seen, in my opionion they ate now completely set up to fail. We shall see, dont worry it will be fine, iv bi a bit negative and very very critical. We needed so many new players and all at once will be extremely difficulf to settle them in, thats y the gaps between transfers sign 1 give him 10 days trai ing with new side etc, its no coincidence theirs 20 days left of aug and we need2 3 players, bring it on cant wait lallanasatit
  • Score: -3

8:02am Mon 11 Aug 14

African Danimal says...

lallanasatit wrote:
upwherewebelong wrote: I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.
Your missing 1 small detail mate, friendlys mean nothing, and playing for liverpoo is pressure, rikie has never been used to lala bottled it so is pretending to b injured, how will he react to going from an academy player in lower league football being one of the best players with no pressure what so ever we were by far the best team in league 1 as well as the championship, when the pressure was on forleague 1 and championship titles the team flapped rickie and lalaland was our heart beat of the side when their was a little bit of pressurethey didnt perform, their at a big club now and one which has spent a lot of money simply has to qualify for next seasons champions league which in its self is going to be extremely difficult, lost its best player and the majority of its goals with out Suarez they were an average side, we finished 8yh which makes us an average side, we are still an average side nothing more, lierpoo have brought average players, the best player they were linked with, sanchez went to arsenal, how lalaland will cope with being a 25mil player with so much pressure now and the others remains to be seen, in my opionion they ate now completely set up to fail. We shall see, dont worry it will be fine, iv bi a bit negative and very very critical. We needed so many new players and all at once will be extremely difficulf to settle them in, thats y the gaps between transfers sign 1 give him 10 days trai ing with new side etc, its no coincidence theirs 20 days left of aug and we need2 3 players, bring it on cant wait
That is without doubt, the longest sentence I've ever seen.
[quote][p][bold]lallanasatit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.[/p][/quote]Your missing 1 small detail mate, friendlys mean nothing, and playing for liverpoo is pressure, rikie has never been used to lala bottled it so is pretending to b injured, how will he react to going from an academy player in lower league football being one of the best players with no pressure what so ever we were by far the best team in league 1 as well as the championship, when the pressure was on forleague 1 and championship titles the team flapped rickie and lalaland was our heart beat of the side when their was a little bit of pressurethey didnt perform, their at a big club now and one which has spent a lot of money simply has to qualify for next seasons champions league which in its self is going to be extremely difficult, lost its best player and the majority of its goals with out Suarez they were an average side, we finished 8yh which makes us an average side, we are still an average side nothing more, lierpoo have brought average players, the best player they were linked with, sanchez went to arsenal, how lalaland will cope with being a 25mil player with so much pressure now and the others remains to be seen, in my opionion they ate now completely set up to fail. We shall see, dont worry it will be fine, iv bi a bit negative and very very critical. We needed so many new players and all at once will be extremely difficulf to settle them in, thats y the gaps between transfers sign 1 give him 10 days trai ing with new side etc, its no coincidence theirs 20 days left of aug and we need2 3 players, bring it on cant wait[/p][/quote]That is without doubt, the longest sentence I've ever seen. African Danimal
  • Score: 7

8:06am Mon 11 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.
Totally Agree with you. We are currently weaker down the core of the team.

Why did we not buy before we sold and why didn't we say no to other players wanting to leave, they were all under contract, why is Morgan's position different from Chambers ?

We must buy BETTER quality players, our buys so far look OK but are not better than the ones that have left.

The best goalscoring STRIKER we can get, a top quality midfielder and at least TWO BETTER CB's than Fonte and Yoshida are all urgently needed to get us back to last seasons level. Add a couple of young options and we will be OK, even if we get a couple more on loan.

Whilst other teams have strengthened their teams, we are still still trying to get ours back to last seasons quality. We must stop selling our best players, but expect Morgan will go and we are still trying to hold onto J-Rod; Boruc; Cork & Cline etc. However Sharp & Hoover are likely to be moved on to make room for more incoming players.

Only 3 weeks left to get these in, so does Les Reed need help as time is running out ?

STRIKER - Hernandez or better !
MIDFIELD - Jordy Classie before anyone else gets him.
CB'S - Gardos (could be another Lovren standard) plus one of Rojo, Vlaar or other of that quality.
A young right back, need to go back & get Byram from Leeds.
With these players added we should be able to get back to last seasons level.

That is 5 quality players that will improve the 11 on the pitch as long as we can keep the other want-aways. RonKo will then have built his own team and will play his way.
I am sad that he doesn't seem to want to play the high energy pressing game that we had last season but will wait to see if his tactics are more successful.

Come on Les & Ralph get these five in asap, 3 asap this week to boost us for Liverpool, then 2 before the window closes.

COYR&WS
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.[/p][/quote]Totally Agree with you. We are currently weaker down the core of the team. Why did we not buy before we sold and why didn't we say no to other players wanting to leave, they were all under contract, why is Morgan's position different from Chambers ? We must buy BETTER quality players, our buys so far look OK but are not better than the ones that have left. The best goalscoring STRIKER we can get, a top quality midfielder and at least TWO BETTER CB's than Fonte and Yoshida are all urgently needed to get us back to last seasons level. Add a couple of young options and we will be OK, even if we get a couple more on loan. Whilst other teams have strengthened their teams, we are still still trying to get ours back to last seasons quality. We must stop selling our best players, but expect Morgan will go and we are still trying to hold onto J-Rod; Boruc; Cork & Cline etc. However Sharp & Hoover are likely to be moved on to make room for more incoming players. Only 3 weeks left to get these in, so does Les Reed need help as time is running out ? STRIKER - Hernandez or better ! MIDFIELD - Jordy Classie before anyone else gets him. CB'S - Gardos (could be another Lovren standard) plus one of Rojo, Vlaar or other of that quality. A young right back, need to go back & get Byram from Leeds. With these players added we should be able to get back to last seasons level. That is 5 quality players that will improve the 11 on the pitch as long as we can keep the other want-aways. RonKo will then have built his own team and will play his way. I am sad that he doesn't seem to want to play the high energy pressing game that we had last season but will wait to see if his tactics are more successful. Come on Les & Ralph get these five in asap, 3 asap this week to boost us for Liverpool, then 2 before the window closes. COYR&WS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -1

8:34am Mon 11 Aug 14

BarnetSaint says...

We went about our transfer business in totally the wrong fashion.
We had a lightening exodus and struggling to bring quality replacements in.

Kruger and co should have stopped the outgoings until we were ready and had quality replacements lined up.
We went about our transfer business in totally the wrong fashion. We had a lightening exodus and struggling to bring quality replacements in. Kruger and co should have stopped the outgoings until we were ready and had quality replacements lined up. BarnetSaint
  • Score: 0

8:45am Mon 11 Aug 14

rick0601 says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
upwherewebelong wrote:
I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.
Totally Agree with you. We are currently weaker down the core of the team.

Why did we not buy before we sold and why didn't we say no to other players wanting to leave, they were all under contract, why is Morgan's position different from Chambers ?

We must buy BETTER quality players, our buys so far look OK but are not better than the ones that have left.

The best goalscoring STRIKER we can get, a top quality midfielder and at least TWO BETTER CB's than Fonte and Yoshida are all urgently needed to get us back to last seasons level. Add a couple of young options and we will be OK, even if we get a couple more on loan.

Whilst other teams have strengthened their teams, we are still still trying to get ours back to last seasons quality. We must stop selling our best players, but expect Morgan will go and we are still trying to hold onto J-Rod; Boruc; Cork & Cline etc. However Sharp & Hoover are likely to be moved on to make room for more incoming players.

Only 3 weeks left to get these in, so does Les Reed need help as time is running out ?

STRIKER - Hernandez or better !
MIDFIELD - Jordy Classie before anyone else gets him.
CB'S - Gardos (could be another Lovren standard) plus one of Rojo, Vlaar or other of that quality.
A young right back, need to go back & get Byram from Leeds.
With these players added we should be able to get back to last seasons level.

That is 5 quality players that will improve the 11 on the pitch as long as we can keep the other want-aways. RonKo will then have built his own team and will play his way.
I am sad that he doesn't seem to want to play the high energy pressing game that we had last season but will wait to see if his tactics are more successful.

Come on Les & Ralph get these five in asap, 3 asap this week to boost us for Liverpool, then 2 before the window closes.

COYR&WS
If he bought those players, he wouldn't have built HIS OWN team would he? He would have built YOUR team. Give him time. He will have some ideas of his own. We just have to hope the board stumps up the cash as they have promised.

As others have said on previous posts, the club are going to have to accept paying over the odds for players to replace the ones that have gone out. When Saints come knocking for a teams players, they are going to inflate the price. They know we are cash rich. There may be 20 days until the transfer window closes, but we need to get the players in sooner rather than later. The closer to the end of the window we get, the more clubs will want for their players.
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: I think based on yesterdays performance it was clear that we are considerably weaker in midfield and upfront than we were last season. The board must be held accountable if they fail to deliver the players needed to strengthen the squad. Defensively Maya looked out of his depth initially but began to do a little better but we need to strengthen there as well. I am still concerned as I think Liverpool will be far to strong for us as they've dealt with their transfers the right way round signing players first before selling. We overlooked that small detail. Still as others have said there are 20 days until the transfer window closes so still time to put this right.[/p][/quote]Totally Agree with you. We are currently weaker down the core of the team. Why did we not buy before we sold and why didn't we say no to other players wanting to leave, they were all under contract, why is Morgan's position different from Chambers ? We must buy BETTER quality players, our buys so far look OK but are not better than the ones that have left. The best goalscoring STRIKER we can get, a top quality midfielder and at least TWO BETTER CB's than Fonte and Yoshida are all urgently needed to get us back to last seasons level. Add a couple of young options and we will be OK, even if we get a couple more on loan. Whilst other teams have strengthened their teams, we are still still trying to get ours back to last seasons quality. We must stop selling our best players, but expect Morgan will go and we are still trying to hold onto J-Rod; Boruc; Cork & Cline etc. However Sharp & Hoover are likely to be moved on to make room for more incoming players. Only 3 weeks left to get these in, so does Les Reed need help as time is running out ? STRIKER - Hernandez or better ! MIDFIELD - Jordy Classie before anyone else gets him. CB'S - Gardos (could be another Lovren standard) plus one of Rojo, Vlaar or other of that quality. A young right back, need to go back & get Byram from Leeds. With these players added we should be able to get back to last seasons level. That is 5 quality players that will improve the 11 on the pitch as long as we can keep the other want-aways. RonKo will then have built his own team and will play his way. I am sad that he doesn't seem to want to play the high energy pressing game that we had last season but will wait to see if his tactics are more successful. Come on Les & Ralph get these five in asap, 3 asap this week to boost us for Liverpool, then 2 before the window closes. COYR&WS[/p][/quote]If he bought those players, he wouldn't have built HIS OWN team would he? He would have built YOUR team. Give him time. He will have some ideas of his own. We just have to hope the board stumps up the cash as they have promised. As others have said on previous posts, the club are going to have to accept paying over the odds for players to replace the ones that have gone out. When Saints come knocking for a teams players, they are going to inflate the price. They know we are cash rich. There may be 20 days until the transfer window closes, but we need to get the players in sooner rather than later. The closer to the end of the window we get, the more clubs will want for their players. rick0601
  • Score: 0

11:16am Mon 11 Aug 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

Steve Davis qualified for Europe with Rangers and I believe he will be back in Europe next season with Saints We will surprise a lot of teams this year and a lot of pundits who expect us to roll over and be the divisions whipping boys. Europe here we come with players like Steve Davis leading by example.
COME ON YOU RED AND WHITE STRIPES
Steve Davis qualified for Europe with Rangers and I believe he will be back in Europe next season with Saints We will surprise a lot of teams this year and a lot of pundits who expect us to roll over and be the divisions whipping boys. Europe here we come with players like Steve Davis leading by example. COME ON YOU RED AND WHITE STRIPES CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 2

11:30am Mon 11 Aug 14

SaintJD says...

BarnetSaint wrote:
We went about our transfer business in totally the wrong fashion.
We had a lightening exodus and struggling to bring quality replacements in.

Kruger and co should have stopped the outgoings until we were ready and had quality replacements lined up.
I don't think we're struggling to bring replacements in - just doing it one step at a time. Forster is secured, now we need to finish the other ones but, should any not come off, it looks like we have alternatives lined up.

Striker is the position that worries me, simply because we don't seem to be linked with anyone and, if you believe speculation is linked to activity, we seem to be doing these one step at a time - so defence seems to be the current focus.

Agree we need to kick on and it isn't ideal, but as long as we get the right players in ahead of the window we'll be OK.

I think you need to judge at the end of the window or, better still, after those players have had a few games to bed in.

Also agree we should have stopped the outgoings, but in fairness they've learned from that mistake and are now doing exactly that.

In my opinion they've made mistakes, yes, but I believe they are now on the right road to rectify them.

As in any season I think you have to judge them on how those signings perform in relation to those who left, and not in friendly games.

And we shouldn't put too much importance on next week's game either - we'll have a better idea where we are come the end of October.
[quote][p][bold]BarnetSaint[/bold] wrote: We went about our transfer business in totally the wrong fashion. We had a lightening exodus and struggling to bring quality replacements in. Kruger and co should have stopped the outgoings until we were ready and had quality replacements lined up.[/p][/quote]I don't think we're struggling to bring replacements in - just doing it one step at a time. Forster is secured, now we need to finish the other ones but, should any not come off, it looks like we have alternatives lined up. Striker is the position that worries me, simply because we don't seem to be linked with anyone and, if you believe speculation is linked to activity, we seem to be doing these one step at a time - so defence seems to be the current focus. Agree we need to kick on and it isn't ideal, but as long as we get the right players in ahead of the window we'll be OK. I think you need to judge at the end of the window or, better still, after those players have had a few games to bed in. Also agree we should have stopped the outgoings, but in fairness they've learned from that mistake and are now doing exactly that. In my opinion they've made mistakes, yes, but I believe they are now on the right road to rectify them. As in any season I think you have to judge them on how those signings perform in relation to those who left, and not in friendly games. And we shouldn't put too much importance on next week's game either - we'll have a better idea where we are come the end of October. SaintJD
  • Score: 0

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