A clean sheet would do Kelvin nicely

IPSWICH goalkeeper Kelvin Davis was seeking his first clean sheet at Watford today.Victory at Vicarage Road would represent a perfect early gift for the ever-present keeper, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Monday.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH goalkeeper Kelvin Davis was seeking his first clean sheet at Watford today.

Victory at Vicarage Road would represent a perfect early gift for the ever-present keeper, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Monday.

Just as strikers are never happier than when they are banging the ball into the net, goalkeepers regard it as a personal triumph to survive the entire 90 minutes without being beaten.

Davis was denied a clean sheet in his first eight league games for Town, although he did go two hours without conceding a goal as their 1-0 Carling Cup win over Kidderminster Harriers went into extra time.

The former Luton and Wimbledon number one said: "It is important, but it isn't the end of the world because being on the winning side is what matters most.

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"But I must admit I do pride myself on keeping clean sheets. In fact, I could probably give you a rough estimate of how many I have kept in my career – that's how important I think they are."

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