Davis - Pre Sunderland Bullet Points
Midfielder Davis was speaking to the press ahead of our game against Sunderland, and a wide variety of topics were covered in the chat.
saintsfc have done an easy to read and useful bullet point style recap of the whole press conference he held, and the full answers can be read on the above link.
Topics covered were were obviously our aims and chances for today's FA Cup challenge against Sunderland, our current fixture scheduling with two games in four days, and our closeness in the table to Manchester United amongst a few other things including the speculation surrounding Luke Shaw's potential England bow and World Cup trip.
On fixtures of late, Davis talked about the team being disappointed that we didn't get more from the Stoke game, but that we all knew Hull would be difficult because of their home form, so everyone in the dressing room was pleased to have come away with all three points on the day. That said he admits it was more a gritty and battling performance where we had to dig in and not the normal fluid type of game we like to be involved with, but that's to be expected in these conditions and when you get to the business end of the season.
'Conditions have made it hard in the last couple of games, meaning you don't get the same chance to pass the ball. We didn't get as fluid as we have done, but at times you have to dig in.'
Having been asked his thoughts on being one place behind Manchester United in the table, Davis said that the team aren't reading too much into it but it has given them additional motivation and determination to finish the season on a high now, as even though United by their own standards are having a bad time of things this year, purely from a psychological aspect for the fans and players, if we can get our noses in front of them by the end of the season it will be a massive boost for all concerned.
Obviously the FA Cup is the talking point this weekend, and Davis confirms what everybody else has said in the build up - we are going into this game looking for the victory and looking to progress further in the competition this season. Of course on a personal level for the players, we have faced off against Sunderland three times already this term and are yet to register a victory, so winning today's game would be extra sweet for them, especially as they put us out of the other domestic competition earlier in the season.
We have our chance to do just that later in the day, let's hope we take it.
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