Steven Davis believes in Saints survival

Steven Davis
Steven Davis

Northern Ireland international Steven Davis admits Southampton need to start picking up points as quickly as possible to ease the pressure on manager Nigel Adkins and his players.

Southampton remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League after Monday’s 2-0 defeat at West Brom courtesy of two goals from Peter Odemwingie.

They have collected only four points from the opening 10 games and conceded 28 goals in the process and there is mounting speculation over the future of Adkins.

Midfielder Davis, who is likely to captain his country in next week’s home World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan, said: “The manager tries to take the pressure away from us as much as possible and lets us try and concentrate on the football.

“We are all in the same position, results haven’t been going our way and we are all under pressure

“We’re all pulling in the same direction to try and put it right.

“We are all disappointed to be bottom and the results we’ve had so far.

“There’s still plenty of games left - but we need to get points on the board as soon as possible.

“Everyone wants the same thing, to start winning games, and start moving up the table and we are all determined to do that.”

Davis knows there has to be improvement at both ends of the pitch for the Saints to avoid a quick return to the Championship after achieving successive promotions under Adkins.

He said: “Monday night was similar to other games this season where for periods we’ve been on top.

“There have not been many games where we’ve been outplayed. That is frustrating but it gives us something to build on.

“It is important we tighten up at the back and take a few more chances and then hopefully it will come together.

“All you can do is get your head down, keep working hard and try and put things right what are going wrong on the training pitch.

“We’ve got a home game with Swansea this weekend and that is another good opportunity to get us going and get some points on the board.

“We are still confident can get out of this position, without a doubt. It is still early in the season but we know where we are at this point in time. We are in a fight.”