Northern Ireland star Steven Davis still dreaming of FA Cup success

Steven Davis
Steven Davis

Steven Davis does not have many fond memories of the FA Cup and is “desperate” to put that right with Southampton this season.

The Northern Ireland captain has certainly not gone wanting in terms of success during his career, winning three Scottish league titles and reaching the UEFA Cup final during his time at Rangers.

Davis also won the Scottish Cup twice and Scottish League Cup three times at Ibrox - success he has got nowhere near to reaching the other side of the border in the FA Cup.

The 29-year-old midfielder has never progressed past the last-16 juncture during spells at Aston Villa, Fulham and Southampton, but has the opportunity to do just that when the Saints travel to Sunderland this weekend.

“I haven’t had too many memorable memories about the competition, but I am desperate to change that this year,” Davis, an FA Youth Cup winner with Villa, said.

“Obviously I won a few cup competitions in Scotland and it is great to have success. There is no better feeling than lifting a trophy.

“You need quality in the team, which we have, a bit of luck on the day and go out and perform.

“That is what it ultimately comes down to and this season we’ve shown a good level of consistency overall, but cup competitions bring up their own different opportunities to go out and do things.

“It is a good game to look forward to and one we’re hoping to get through.”

Saturday’s fifth-round clash will be the fourth time Saints have met Sunderland this term, with both league matches ending in score draws.

The Black Cats won the other meeting between the sides in November, with the 2-1 victory setting them on course for the Capital One Cup final. Their Wembley encounter with Manchester City is now just a matter of weeks away, while their Premier League status looks precarious.

“They’ll be desperate to keep the momentum going, keep picking up results,” he said.

“Maybe in some way the pressure will be off and enjoy the game more than they do in the league, with so much pressure. They can just go out and enjoy it.”