Davis puts Fleetwood before family in survival fight

Joe Davis
Joe Davis

Joe Davis believes the hard-work ethos being imposed by Steven Pressley at Highbury is paying off, but he knows results need to match performance levels.

Town lost ground on their rivals in the relegation battle at the weekend as their game against Walsall at Highbury was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

That allowed Blackpool to overtake Town and Barnsley to pull level on Saturday, when both won.

But Davis remains confident Town can keep up their strong run of form when they return to action this weekend at Crewe

For Davis that will be a family affair as his dad Steve is boss of the Alex – not that the on-loan Leicester centre- half is worrying about creating tension around the Christmas dinner table.

The 22-year-old is firmly focused on three points for Fleetwood and an upward trajectory for the club.

Davis said: “It took us a bit of time to get used to what the gaffer wanted from us but now everybody can see we’re settling in as a team.

“There’s a bit of consistency in the way we are playing and hopefully we can put a few results together along with performances because that’s the be-all and end-all of it.

“There’s no point playing well and losing. The gaffer is big on that. We’ll try to get a run going now and hopefully kick on.”

Davis has had to push his own case at Highbury. He was recruited on loan the same day as Stoke City star Dionotan Teixeira.

The Brazilian-Slovak was at first given the nod, first under caretaker Chris Lucketti and then by Pressley.

But Burnley-born Davis made his case on the training ground and has more than paid back Pressley’s faith with some strong displays.

His current deal at Fleetwood runs through the Christmas period and the defender has made it clear he’d like to stay longer.

But he admits it was hard work to make his breakthrough.

“I sat down and had a good chat with him when I wasn’t in the team,” he said. “He said I just needed to knuckle down in training.

“I think I’ve shown a good mentality since I came here. Hopefully it’s paying off now.

“I think there’s more to come from me, which is important. I’ve more to give and hopefully I can show that in the next few weeks.”

Town will go into Saturday’s game at Gresty Road having played just one competitive fixture in the last three weeks.

Crewe, who currently prop up the League One table, did play at the weekend.

They slipped to a 3-2 defeat on the road against fellow strugglers Doncaster, making Saturday’s clash a genuine six-pointer.