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We Want To Do Ourselves Proud - Steven Davies

27 February 2018

Steven Davies says the players will be looking do themselves proud at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

Speaking ahead of the game, Davies said: “It’s going to be a great opportunity for everyone involved.

“We’re under no illusions it’s going to be tough, but we’re going to go there and give it our all, and hopefully it will be good enough on the day.

“We can’t, any point during the game, be rabbits in the headlights. We’ve got to go there and enjoy the experience, but the only way we’re going to enjoy it is if we do ourselves proud.

“We’re going to be tested like we’ve never been tested before, but we look around the dressing room at each other and we know we’ll stick in there when it gets tough, and we’ll do whatever we can for each other.

“The mentality has got to be the same on Wednesday as it was in the first game. We’ve got to stick to what we’re good at, and we know what we’re good at.”

So, does Davies think Dale have a chance of upsetting the odds-on Wednesday night?

“I don’t see why not. If you look at the game on Sunday not many people gave us a chance in that, and I think first-half especially the boys were magnificent.

“They stood toe to toe with a top team and caused them big problems. It will be pretty much the same again, so let’s go there and enjoy the moment, but first and foremost we want to try and make them feel uncomfortable and see what we can do.”

The striker hasn’t played at Wembley before, but has been a few times as a Liverpool supporter, and he is relishing the opportunity to take to the Wembley pitch.

“The opportunity for myself to go there and sample what players get to do very few times, it’s going to be something that’ll never ever forget.

“We know we’re going to be put under pressure, but as I’ve said before, where else would you want to be tested in your career? I think at the top of everybody’s list it would be Wembley.

“We haven’t really spoke about the game at all with the two league games coming so quickly. We’ve had to sort tickets out for friends and family, but that’s probably the only time its come up.

“Today [Monday] the lads will start to sit and think about it because it’s the biggest game, the next game.

“Once the game is over and the dust settles, it’s going to be something I can look back on and be very proud of.”

For Davies, the opportunity to play at Wembley is something he never thought would come around, after fracturing his skull whilst playing for Derby County in 2011.

And he feels his equalising goal against Spurs at the Crown Oil Arena was just reward for his perseverance.

“It was a horrific injury and something I was advised I’d never come back from, but I persevered, took my time and got back to playing.

“Did I ever think I’d make it back? Probably not. But I’m here today, and Sunday was just a little reminder to myself that I’ve still got plenty to give, and whilst I’ve still got the opportunity I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.

“The goal will probably be up there for many reasons. I’ve been so close to getting a move back to the Premier League in my career, and you look at all those times I’ve been so close but I’ve been injured or something has happened, and I think Sunday was a reminder, to myself more than anything, that I’ve still got loads more to give. If that ball keeps falling to me in the box, then I’ll keep putting it away.”

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