Davis facing the axe
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland goalkeeper Kelvin Davis could be dropped for Saturday's trip to Arsenal.Sunderland goalkeeper Kelvin Davis could be dropped for Saturday's trip to Arsenal.
Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy is weighing up whether to remove Davis from the firing line, after the keeper became a target for the boo-boys in last week's 4-1 at home to Portsmouth.
Davis has conceded 21 goals in 11 Premiership appearances since his arrival from Ipswich Town and McCarthy feels a break could do the player good.
"If I was to change things it's between Kelvin and myself for now," McCarthy told the club's website.
"But sometimes it can be almost a relief for players if that happens.
"Footballers are quite stoic. They can be having a tough time and they never want to be left out. They always want to play and sometimes it can be to their detriment.
"I had a spell at Manchester City when I was having a holocaust. To be fair to Billy McNeil he continued to play me and I never, ever wanted to be left out.
"I turned it around and I know Kelvin will. He's a tough character."
Ben Alnwick, who played against Arsenal in the Carling Cup last week, could be the man to benefit at Highbury, although McCarthy retains faith in Davis's ability.
McCarthy told Sky Sports News: "He's a terrific goalkeeper, no question about that.
"The accolades he received last season, and from other people when I signed him, made a point of saying I'd made a good signing. I thought it was a good signing.
"Sometimes they need home truths, sometimes they need an arm around them and they get every aspect of that management from us all."