Davies came off the bench for injured Oyvind Leonhardsen on Saturday and responded with two superb goals in the 4-0 FA Cup victory against Stockport County at the Lane.
He is the latest of Chris’ reserve team players to burst onto the Premiership scene following in the footsteps of Gary Doherty, Ledley King, now first team regulars.
Davies has been in and out of the squad all season without really showing his true colours until Saturday.
Chris, preparing for his latest reserve team outing at Watford on Wednesday, insisted: “I will always say to these players that this is why they have to work hard week in, week out.
“That is why they cannot afford to let their heads drop.
“Simon Davies will be the first to admit that he wasn’t sure that he would be on the bench or that he would get a shout, he also probably wasn’t so sure even when Leonhardsen went down that he would get his chance.
“I tell the younger lads that this is what they work hard for, an opportunity, and you can only be judged on that opportunity.
“There is no point saying anything afterwards because that is what you will be judged on. That was Simon’s opportunity and fair credit to the boy, two chances, two finishes and you can’t ask more than that.
“Once you are out there it is down to you and you can either come through any nerves, and he admitted he was nervous when he went on, you either come through it or not.
“If I look at the circumstances where he’s come on before, perhaps he hasn’t done himself justice. It just shows, possibly, that he had even more character than he thought. Now it’s about going to the next stage.”
Chris Hughton will this week point to Simon Davies and tell the younger professionals at the club: “That is why you work hard week in, week out.”