Monday 26 February 2018

Respite for Saints as they beat Yeovil at home

Southampton 2 Yeovil 0

Captain Kelvin Davis says troublemaking players are not welcome
Captain Kelvin Davis says troublemaking players are not welcome

Simon Peach

Club captain Kelvin Davis says troublemaking players are not welcome at Southampton if there is any chance their presence will harm team morale.

It has been a turbulent fortnight for them, with the sudden departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese followed by an altercation involving striker Dani Osvaldo and teammate Jose Fonte. The Italy international was subsequently handed a two-week ban by the club.

Davis did not mention the forward by name after yesterday's 2-0 fourth-round win against Yeovil, but believes the performance highlights a bond that cannot afford to be broken.

"As a team, as a squad, as a club, we are looking forward and we are very much together. We showed that again today and it is something we just want to move on from.

"Our dressing room is as solid as it has ever been and it will continue to be so."

Saints assistant manager Jesus Perez said he was relieved to see his side win through.

"I am pleased for the players, the owner, everyone," he said. "It wasn't an easy game.

"The first half was open. They had some chances to score and in the beginning of the second half as well. But then we played better and better and created a lot of chances."

Irish Independent

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