Davis hoping for better times ahead
Southampton midfielder Steven Davis is hoping to put a frustrating first half of the season behind him in 2013.
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Davis, 28, joined the Saints from Rangers last summer but missed pre-season as he recovered from a double hernia operation.
The Northern Ireland international has struggled to establish a regular first-team spot and was again a substitute during the 1-0 weekend win over former club Aston Villa.
Davis said: "It's been frustrating, I joined the club on the back of a double hernia operation.
"I missed pre season, and I've started games where, to be honest, I wasn't 100 per cent right. The team's been doing well since, and I've just got to try and get back in."
Davis can see encouraging signs in Saints' recent performances and they have collected 17 points from their last 11 games to move out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three.
He said: "We had a really difficult start to the league in terms of fixtures.
"After the initial period, we've judged it well and there's a maturity about us and a consistency. We've managed to keep going and we have another difficult run of fixtures coming up.
"If we keep giving our all every game and, showing the right blend between defence and attacking play, then we'll keep picking up points."