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Davis the main man for September

Sean Davis was Pompey's the player of the month for September! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from pompeyrug's poll are thoughts that I completely share.

Davis has come in for so much stick this season - I have not been his biggest fan in the past I will admit - and to be honest he would not have been one of the names on my team sheet, but during September, probably before to be fair, his form was fantastic so he is now one of the first names that I probably would put on this team sheet!

He seems to have really found his feet and is revelling in his new found role in front of the back four making so many crucial challenges - as he did against Blackburn and several times against Reading - although he is still getting forward too, but still has not quite mastered the attacking art as he once used to, but did open his account against Reading last week and almost had a couple more.

The fella has been fantastic, often doing a lot of work that goes unnoticed, but clearly with him being voted our star performer from September we did not miss this over the past 4 weeks. Davis for England anyone…

What the poll asked - 'Pompey's player of the month for September?'

How you voted - Sean Davis 35%, Benjani 24%, Niko Kranjcar 15%, Sylvain Distin 9%, David James 6%, Papa Bouba Diop 4%, Sulley Muntari 2%, Other 2%, Sol Campbell 1%, John Utaka 1%, Kanu 1%, Glen Johnson 0%

Current Poll - We seem to have found a nice little run of form, with the Arsenal match giving us a wake up call as we are now unbeaten in league and cup since then and scored a magnificent 7 against Reading last week, also winning our first away game in 9 months the week before, but what will Fulham bring.

With Pompey all too often we have the sublime followed by the ridiculous but with confidence at an all time high with all players really finding their form surely we cannot slip up against Fulham? Back to back away wins is a rarity but can we do this, will we draw or will we disappoint as in the past - this is want pompeyrug wants to know with this - 'After Reading last week what do we expect against Fulham this weekend?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 4 2007

Time: 12:32PM

Your Comments

the fellas was fantastic in september - really showed his true quality and good on him, long may he continue to show this too!
pompeyrug
I've always rated him, and think fans are unfair when they only use Saves, and Goals as measuring sticks. Good on him, he will be a big assett for any team, and im glad he's in ours.
Midge
Rug as you know i completely disagree, hard work ok, committed ok but quality, not the word i would normally associate with Davis ive seen him play too many times
russellm
I was a 15 percenter
russellm
and ive put another tenner for an away win on sunday
russellm
i was a 15 percenter too - although that was largely based on his last performance. Suen has been CONSISTENT - passing the ball to a suitable standard, and tackling well. h held everything together for diop and muntari ti muck around with.
pompeycarpet
I did vote for Davis, I've said more tham once that his value to the team is in doing the work that lets the flair players do their thing, his workrate and attitude are spot-on and I think redknapp has him on the team sheet as one of the first names
paultsmouth
oh yeah of lot of little faith, back in the summer i was standing up for this man. am was in a minority, just like i was slating Kanu. God it's good to be wrong sometimes
pentonpompey
I voted davis. Dont see the problem with him as some do. Game of opinions!
pompey4me
agreed pompey4me, i just don't think he is a quality player, i do accept that there is a place for the workaholic headless chicken in a team but preferably a team like fulham. HR loves him cos of the practical jokes and his team spirit and commitment and i can go with that, but my thought is just because he has risen to mediocre doesn't make him good enough for pompey. i suppose that was my issue with HR dumping on Gary O, as he was Davis with skill and at the time Davis wanted out, also it seems HR has given up on real class football for something a bit more basic and aggressive, i think there is a balance to be had and Davis ain't it. as i said before i think i have seen him play most every game and i always feel he leaves something to be desired. I voted for Krunchie as he is blooming into a working, creative class player who really would be difficult to replace.... just my opinion chaps
russellm
i often agree with you russ - and have not always been a fan of davis, ive probably told you in text and that that i didnt want him in but i thought he was outstanding last month - i saw so much good from him it was unreal... on the basic of september i dont think anyone else was better than him - krunchie ended the month brilliantly - had he played a full month i think he would have got it tho...
pompeyrug
that should have read basis of september not 'basic'...
pompeyrug
Krunchy Player of the Month.... You're having a giraffe - He had 45 minutes against Arsenal, 22 against Liverpool (both from the bench) played ok for the majority of the game against Blackburn and then played a blinder against Fulham ... I think the 15% (and the 24% come to that) was probably tainted by performances on Saturday - Davis on the other hand has virtually played every premiership minute in September (except being sacrified for Nugent to try and salvage something from the Arsenal game directly after 'Kanu scored - Russelm is probably right he anit exactly a top drawer player (and never will be) but he has worked his knackers off so far this season and battled away tirelessly with only one yellow card to his name and that was for a late tackle in the 93rd minute against Liverpool - For me it has to be Davis in September, nobody comes near him.
Chix
Everyone is going on about Davis' lack of quality, ask yourselves, who sat up the cross for Kranjcar to head in? He is not just a workhorse either, tackling is a skill, I bet the OPTA stats show that he is one of the best tacklers in the team
paultsmouth
i would agree that he prob is as tbh ive not seen him not win too many of the tackles he goes in for... some players for whatever really are not really taken to by some people, davis could well be one of these - but i would suggest he is winning more and more people over... tbh i like the fella i always have, maybe i might not have rated him as highly in the past as i do now but he is showing his true quality now.
pompeyrug
I am not a fan of Davis, but he has done well over the last few games and deserves this acclaim. I hope he continues to shove my opinions down my throat, well done Sean keep it up at Fulham and Wigan mate and ensure 6 more points come our way.
Owenspompey
he wasnt in the latest england squad, he will be in the next one tho :) im not being serious tho - incase anyone thinks i might be... but you never know!
pompeyrug
actually paultsmouth review opta and no it don't, it's also where Davis picks up his disciplinary points, so nope sorry. Re Davis Paultsmouth as i said i think its only me who criticizes Davis so i am happy to take the bullets and will argue the point, he is not that good. I agree he is committed to his game, he is not commited to the club as he wanted away in the off season. If your idea of quality is running around a lot then fine but thats not the type of player i pay to see, i do cheer him in the shirt but also i DO feel he IS THE WEAKEST LINK, but i will be delighted to be proven wrong. However Chix please don't tell me he is a better player than Niko. that truly would be a giraffe
russellm
Russ we are both not lovers of Davis and his style of play, but he has done the business this year so far, and as much as i want Pedro and/or Matty back you cant blame Harry for keeping it as it is until we stop playing. Niko is a good footballer and now he is getting a run in the team in the position he likes to play and is natural to him he is showing why Harry believes in him and wants to start him.
Owenspompey
 

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