Davis dismisses Chelsea impact

Last Updated: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:51
Southampton

Kelvin Davis says the fact Chelsea are waiting for the winners of Southampton's League Cup tie with Sunderland "doesn't mean anything".

Initially slated for last week, the Stadium of Light clash was moved to this Wednesday due to police concerns about public safety as Newcastle were drawn at home on the same night.

It means the teams already know Chelsea lie in wait in the quarter-finals - something Saints goalkeeper Davis believes is irrelevant right now.

The Southampton club captain is also unmoved by the fact he will lead the side out at his former team on Wednesday, despite spending a difficult year there before moving to the south coast in 2006.

"It's been such a long time since I was at Sunderland and they've certainly had their ups and downs since I left there, and I have as well," Davis told Saints Player.

"So a lot of water has gone under the bridge since my days there, but you always want to do well - firstly for the team you're playing in and for yourself as well.

"The fact we're at Sunderland has no bearing really on what I want to achieve.

"It wasn't a successful period in my career, but I certainly look back on it as a learning period in my career.

"There are things that I learned while I was there that I use today and obviously make you stronger and give you different experiences.

"It's a fantastic club and a fantastic stadium, and when things are going well there everything goes well - but, likewise, when it's not going so well it can go the other way, and that's a certain situation for them at the moment that affects them.

"They've changed their manager and they're certainly in a difficult period at the moment, but it's of no interest to me as we're just looking to progress into the next round of the cup."

Southampton come into the fourth-round clash sixth in the Premier League after a fine start while Sunderland have endured a very tough opening and sit second bottom of the table.

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