Monday 11 December 2017

Kelvin Davis: I had to control my emotions in Saints return

Kelvin Davis of Southampton
Kelvin Davis of Southampton

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.

Davis ket 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.

He was also given a standing ovation by his team-mates in the dressing room.

"It was real touching. Real emotional. You've got to control that," Davis said.

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.

Davis said: "I hope he has a speedy recovery. I hope the injury is not too serious."

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