Writer: Daniel Bailey
Date:Tuesday March 3 2009
Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is set to line-up against his former club tonight, as Saints take on Ipswich at Portman Road.
Saints' club captain spent two years of his career at the Suffolk based club, and the fans favourite is eagerly anticipating tonight's game.
Speaking to saintsfc.co.uk ahead of the match, Davis said, "I enjoyed playing football there and it was a great place to ply my trade. The mid-week games at Portman Road are always a special occasion as there always seems to be that bit of an extra buzz there, so I'm looking forward to it," he said.
"I've said before that I see Ipswich as a similar club to Southampton, who should probably be in the Premier League. They've had the backing, investment-wise, over the last year and the expectation has risen with that.
"Tonight I hope that the pressure is theirs to deal with and that they don't handle it well so that we can take the three points."
During the 1-0 win over Cardiff, Davis pulled off arguably the save of the season, and the 32-year-old has said he was happy to have played his part in the victory.
"I was pleased with it but it's something we work on in training all the time," he explained modestly. "I was happy with the save but it's only important when you go on and win the game."
"I've made a few saves this season where we've got nothing from the game, so to play a part in a win was good. That's what we need now until the end of the season - that extra 5-10% from everyone and hopefully that will take us on to where we want to be.
"The back-to-back wins at home mean that it has been a good week for us," Davis continued. "It was something that we have been building on for a few weeks now especially if you look at our recent performances.
"I don't think it was a surprise to see us turn two teams in the top six over especially at home and for me its been coming. We were unlucky not to come away with anything at Bristol City where we hit the post twice, so the wins have encouraged us to believe that we've got a few more to come."
The former Sunderland stopper also acknowledged that the experience brought into the side has helped to form a more settled team with a consistent defence added to that.
"As a back five we've been putting the hours in on the training ground and we've been working on every aspect which is of course, helped by results and we're looking to stay solid now until the end of the season."
One player who has featured more reguarly under Head Coach Mark Wotte is Jason Euell, and Davis has said he is not surprised that Saints are starting to see the quality of the Jamaican forward.
"Jason Euell is a quality player who may have taken a little time to settle for whatever reason but you're talking about a player who has played alot of games in the Premier League. He has scored at every club that he has been at and for whatever reason, he didn't hit the ground running here but you always feel that the quality is there.
"I know what he is capable of from the past, so earlier on it was hard not to see him in the side. To now see him doing what he is doing puts a smile on my face because you can see that he can put everything behind him. I'm happy to see him out there.
"I don't think it will be too long before 'Euelly' gets amongst the goals either because it's a good partnership that he has with Marek up there which is one that most defences in The Championship would be scared of," added the goalkeeper.
After back-to-back wins at St Mary's, Davis has admitted that the team travel to Portman Road full of confidence, and the skipper has echoed the thoughts of his Head Coach by saying that the team will continue to take the game to the opposition right from the off.
"It helps every team to start well and that has been our tactic in the last couple of games," he said. "The importance of not losing games is what's encouraging us to win matches at the moment.
"We'll go there with our game plan and hopefully that will work. It would be great to take a win and that is what we're looking to achieve so that we can climb up the league."
Date:Tuesday March 3 2009
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