Belfast Telegraph

Davis emotional after Saints win

Kelvin Davis has revealed he had to control his emotions as he marked his first Southampton appearance in over a year with a string of superb saves in Saturday's win over Burnley.

The 38-year-old goalkeeper was called upon when first-choice Fraser Forster was carried off on a stretcher in the early stages of the contest - with Saints boss Ronald Koeman later confirming the England international had been taken to hospital for a scan on his knee.

Davis had last donned his gloves in earnest in an FA Cup defeat to former club Sunderland last February but stepped in with aplomb - keeping out efforts from Burnley strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes to set Southampton on their way to a win which keeps their hopes of a top-four finish alive.

Shane Long put Koeman's side in front with a close-range finish and the points were secured when Clarets' skipper Jason Shackell could only steer Ryan Bertrand's cross past his own goalkeeper.

But it was Davis who was toasted as man of the match on what was a special occasion for the Southampton club captain.

"Stepping on to the pitch and hearing the fans was special moment," he said.

"It was real touching. Real emotional. You've got to control that and think of the job in the hand. It was a great feeling. It made me feel very welcome. Some memories coming flooding back from when I was doing that week in, week out."

As well as the club's supporters appreciating his efforts, Davis was also given a standing ovation by his team-mates in the dressing room.

"We are a tight group," he added.

"From the outside it is something you say a lot - moments like that show what we are about. We are together. We're close and appreciate each other maybe a little more than other teams. It was a lovely moment and I appreciate it."

Despite the joy of being back in the side, Davis knows it came at a cost - with Forster potentially now missing for the remainder of the season.

Whilst he is ready to step in and help Southampton maintain their level as the tightest defence in the division, Davis is hopeful he will soon be back on the bench, if it means Forster is fit and healthy.

"You know the situation and I'm very accepting of it. He is one of the best keepers in the league," Davis said of Forster being Koeman's number one.

"You understand the position and role. It is almost a different position. A position that suits experienced goalkeepers who understand the game and are willing to work hard during the week and be available if and when needed.

"Him coming off he pitch, that's not how you want your opportunity to come. I respect Fraser a hell of a lot. A good guy and great professional. I hope he has a speedy recovery. and I hope the injury is not too serious and he's back putting a Saints shirt soon."

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