FORMER Sunderland keeper Kelvin Davis is expecting Southampton to overcome the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light this evening – and believes the Saints have what it takes to go all the way in the competition.
The 37-year-old, who was a Sunderland player in the disastrous 15-point 2005-06 season, is expected to start tonight’s cup game on Wearside – the first time the two teams have ever met in the competition.
And he said: “I certainly feel that it’s a competition we can win.
“Probably last season I wouldn’t have said that but the reality is that we are not too many games away from a final.
“If we can overcome Sunderland you are looking at a home game then and regardless of who it’s against it’s a home game and we know what we can achieve at home.
“After that, anything’s possible.
“We are very ambitious and we are a bunch of lads that are all in it together.
“Whoever plays there is always someone to support them and back them up.
“That’s the philosophy and attitude we’ve got in our dressing room.”
Davis, whose two games for the Saints this season have been Capital One Cup wins over Barnsley and Bristol City, still has nightmares when he looks back on that horror season at Sunderland when Mick McCarthy’s men lost 29 of their 38 games.
“When you play football it’s not a job that you don’t take home with you,” he said.
“It’s always playing on your mind whether you’ve won or lost.
“We didn’t win many games at Sunderland and personally I didn’t reach the standards that I wanted to, certainly in the early part of the season.
“It’s a situation that can happen to any player and my lasting memory of the place was a lot of defeats which is not something as a footballer you want.
“They are not particularly happy memories but it’s an experience I would not change because it certainly made me a better goalkeeper and a better person on the back of it.
“It was a good lesson for me, not just as a player but potentially for my career after football that I will be able to use in a positive way.”