Steven Davis believes that Saints are close to finding form after a tough opening to the season.
The summer arrival from Glasgow Rangers was one of seven transfer window signings, and is confident that the squad has got what it takes to start turning impressive performances into results over the next run of league games.
“I think there’s a lot of positives to take from the games that we’ve had so far, especially from the fixtures that were dished out to us at the start of the season,” Davis told Saints Player.
“We know we’re capable of playing at this level and it’s just about erasing those little mistakes and get that consistency over the course of ninety minutes to get a result.
“Hopefully without a doubt we can start picking up a few points and start climbing the table, but at the same time we’re in an unforgiving league and there are no easy games.
“We’re learning with every game and it’s a relatively new squad that’s been put together, so everyone is trying to get on board what the manager wants form us, the way he wants to play and with each other as well we’re starting to gel and hopefully we’ll soon see the effects of that.
“I’m sure the supporters are enjoying watching some of our play. The manager wants us to try and pass the ball to create opportunities, and we’ve scored in almost every game this season so it’s just been about trying to eradicate the little mistakes that have cost us.”
Saints took the game to high flying Everton at Goodison Park last weekend and Davis says that match highlighted how close Nigel Adkins’ men are to competing with the top teams in the division.
“We started the game really well,” he affirmed. “We scored a good goal to get ourselves in front, and they put us under pressure towards the end of the second half where we conceded three goals.
“It’s something that we’ve worked hard on the training ground this week to rectify. In the second half there wasn’t much to choose between the two sides but we know we’re going to experience that with the top sides.
“That’s the level we’re playing at and we’re working hard to find the right balance defensively as well.”
Davis adds that the signings of quality players like Gaston Ramirez means that it won’t take long for things to click together either.
“I think it’s great that the club are showing the ambition by spending money on a young player like Gaston who has quality and a bright future in the game. He’s shown in glimpses what he’s capable of and hopefully he can be a big player for us.
“When you go out and play the language of football is different so it’s just all about getting to know each other’s games. We’ve made a few good additions during the summer and hopefully we’ll soon see the effects of us starting to gel together.”
The next opportunity to put that into practice is this weekend’s hosting of Steven’s former club Fulham, and the Northern Irish skipper knows what to expect from Martin Jol’s team.
“They’re a well organised side and they’ve started the season well and they’ve added a few quality signings during the summer, but every team has to be on top of their game to get a result and we’ll be looking to get three points on Sunday.
“It was a tough period,” he reflects of his time in West London. “A new manager had come in and changed the team around quite a bit and brought in a lot of new players who didn’t have a lot of time to settle.
“We didn’t have the best start and were fighting relegation towards the end of the season, but it was a good club to play for and I’m looking forward to meeting up with a few old faces.”