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Final woe will spur Saints on to Wembley return: Steven Davis

By Steven Beacom

The pain of losing the League Cup final to Manchester United in such unfortunate fashion can prove a driving force for Southampton to make a quick return to Wembley, according to Steven Davis.

The Saints excelled last month with the first trophy of the season up for grabs, coming from two goals behind against Jose Mourinho's side to dominate only to lose 3-2 when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner.

Southampton had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside when it was 0-0 and hit the woodwork at 2-2 as they controlled the final, leading to much praise from pundits but ultimately no winners' medals.

It was a first visit for Davis to the new Wembley and while he played impressively and enjoyed leading the team out in the famous stadium, his overriding feeling was one of disappointment. The whole experience has made him more determined to play there again as soon as possible.

"Luck wasn't on our side. The first goal was always going to be important and to have one disallowed that should have stood was disappointing," he said.

"To be fair though when we went behind there was a great reaction from the boys and once we had pulled back to 2-2 from 2-0 down we should have gone on to win it. But for hitting the crossbar and David de Gea making a couple of good saves it may have been a different story but it wasn't to be. We took a lot of heart from the way we performed and the character we showed to get ourselves back in the game. It doesn't make things any easier but I'd rather play like that than turn up and get beaten 4-0.

"The most important thing was that in our next match we defeated Watford 4-3 in the Premier League, so that was a big win for us.

"I loved Wembley. I think it's the best stadium I have played in and bar the result I know my family had a good day out too. As a team we felt we could have got more but hopefully what happened will give us the appetite to get back to Wembley sooner rather than later.

"For the remainder of the season we want to finish as high in the table as possible and after the international break we have many important games to play. Our aim is to end the campaign on a high."

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