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Steven Davis hopes Southampton can finally get on the march

Published 15/08/2015

Steven Davis is hoping that Southampton's first home match of the season will give them a win
Steven Davis is hoping that Southampton's first home match of the season will give them a win

Steven Davis wants Southampton to kick-start their Premier League campaign with a win today against Everton (12.45pm) in their opening home game of the season.

Saints drew 2-2 with Newcastle United at St James' Park last weekend as their season got under way, but Northern Ireland skipper Davis is hopeful of getting a first win in front of the home fans.

"It's important to get that first win and Saturday gives us another opportunity against Everton," said the former Rangers midfielder.

"We're really looking forward to the game.

"We're excited because there was a great atmosphere at the Vitesse game. Hopefully it will be more of the same on Saturday and we can get a similar result. You always want to start as brightly as you can, and get as many points on the board as possible.

"It's important to get that first win and Saturday gives us another opportunity against Everton.

"Winning games breeds confidence.

"We've got a confident and ambitious group here who wants to go on and have another strong season.

"First and foremost we need to get that first league win of the season and make sure our home form is excellent."

Saints beat Everton 3-0 at St Mary's last season, but Davis is expecting a tougher test this time around against Roberto Martinez's side.

"They've got a lot of quality in the team, so we have to be aware of the danger they bring," he added. "But at home we want to win every game and that's the mentality we'll have."

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