Kelvin: It's time for talking to stop
KELVIN Davis went into today's First Division game against Millwall insisting: "It's time for the talking to stop."The 27-year-old goalkeeper was seeking his second successive Portman Road clean sheet against a London side who are rivals for an end-of-season play-off place.
KELVIN Davis went into today's First Division game against Millwall insisting: "It's time for the talking to stop."
The 27-year-old goalkeeper was seeking his second successive Portman Road clean sheet against a London side who are rivals for an end-of-season play-off place.
"We have been talking about putting a run together for a number of weeks," said Davis. "Now it has to happen.
"We have 11 games left and we know that we have to win seven to be sure of a top six finish. The time has come to show what we are made of."
Ipswich slipped out of the top six with consecutive away defeats at Stoke and Norwich, after beating visiting Preston 2-0 a fortnight ago.
And Davis, who has been an ever-present since his summer move from Wimbledon, is confident Joe Royle's side can finish with a strong run-in.
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He said: "Losing to Norwich was a tough psychological blow to take. It was a bitter pill to swallow and it will be hard now to finish in an automatic promotion place.
"Stranger things have happened and it has to be our goal, but realistically we now have to set our sights on making the Premiership via the play-offs.
"It is not all doom and gloom as we played Norwich off the park in the first half and there is certainly no lack of effort. We need to find consistency, starting with our next four matches against Millwall, Walsall, Watford and Wimbledon."
Davis was happy with the performance against Preston when he kept his fifth clean sheet of the First Division campaign.
"It was a thoroughly professional showing. I never felt as though we would lose and we felt very together.
"We had just returned from a warm weather break in Tenerife and there had been question marks in some quarters about the trip.
"We felt the criticism was unjust and we wanted to prove a point. We went on to play well at both Stoke and Norwich, but ended up with nothing after conceding goals we are not happy about.
"Now we need a run – to put us right back in the forefront of the promotion race."
Brought up in Leighton Buzzard, Davis has purchased a house in Bury St Edmunds and has no regrets at all about his move from Wimbledon to Portman Road.
"I hope Town fans are happy as well," he said. "I want to stay here for the rest of my career."
Ipswich play at Walsall on Tuesday looking for their second double of the season and next Saturday take on Watford at home with a noon kick-off.