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Steven Davis Looking For Confidence

Steven Davis is looking to his Northern Ireland international duties to give him a shot in the arm as he looks to re-gain some Premiership form.

The Villa midfielder admits this hasn't been the best of seasons for him but he is working hard at putting that right.

'Things haven't gone as well at Villa for me this season, but I am working hard to get back into the team. Hopefully a good performance for Northern Ireland will help my confidence for when I go back to my club. I haven't scored in a while and I think I am due one. It would be nice if it was to come against Wales because I remember how good it felt to score against them the last time.'

Davis, who lines up with Aaron Hughes who will captain the side, added: 'Aaron has dropped out of the team in the last few weeks, but it won't be long before he is back to the player that he was. He has a lot of experience for someone quite young and has over 50 caps now. As a captain he leads by example and helps younger players settle in. I know when I came into the squad Aaron was a great influence for me. He is versatile too. He's done well for Aston Villa at right-back and has been great at centre-half for Northern Ireland.'

'The new manager has come in with new ideas and it has taken a while for everyone to adjust. I have no doubt that Aaron is a Premiership quality player and he won't be out of the team for long.'

Hughes was linked to a move back to Newcastle United; but with the versatility he has across all positions in defence, he is surely a more than capable squad member for Villa?




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 6 2007

Time: 3:53PM

Your Comments

He's struggled this season for a variety of reasons, not least of which I think is the fact that he was greatly over-hyped when he first broke into the starting line up. Good youngster with a lot still to learn, yes, but he was being built up into a young superstar before he was ever really established. There was talk of a big money move to Manchester United in the offing, when really Steve was barely considered a first team regular. He can come back though, he's certainly talented and young enough. Maybe this seasons set-backs will in the long run help to make him a better player. Good luck to him in the Northern Ireland shirt.
glensider
stevie D will be back mark my words,he is just going through wee bit of a dip in form which is only natural at his age. the lad has all the talent in the world and will become a villa great in years 2 come. come on stevie chin up my wee mucker!
Belfast Villain
I think both Davis and Hughes, plus probably McCann will be gone this time next year.
villacross
Davis and Hughes are still players for the future.
col8
Steve Davis will be back, from what I have seen of him. His style is just like Ray Houghton, he will get stronger over the next couple of seasons, has the talent and may keep some good players out of the side. Hughes is a good player should continue and learn from others around him.
morky13villa
Davis can improve but I feel he'll always be lightweight. Hughes is just too slow and his distribution is awful. Neither of these shortcomings can ever be improved, especially the latter. If you can't centre a ball to +or- 5% after playing for 20+years, you'll never be able to do it!
villacross
villacross agree with hughes to go,just not good enough but as for davis to go absolutely no chance,the lad is pure quality,has everything in his game and his energy in matches is unbelievable,once he gets over this little dip he is in,he will be a major player for us once again.lets not forget if it wasnt for davis and barrys quality last year we would probably have been relegated! no way o'neill will let him go,i would be amazed because he will be some player in few years,the lad is hero worshipped over here.
Belfast Villain
I think Steve Davis will definitely return a better player, but I'm far from convinced about the long term prospects of Aaron Hughes. Being an current N.I. international, he's not going to be happy being a squad player at VP, so I definitely look for him to move on.
glensider
 

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