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SPIRITS HIGH

Posted on 22 December 2006  - 12:00

Calum Davenport believes our recent record sees us travel up to Newcastle in good heart for Saturday's challenge at St James Park.

Calum Davenport believes our recent record sees us travel up to Newcastle in good heart for Saturday's challenge at St James Park.The record currently stands at just two defeats in 20 games, a run which has seen us progress in both the UEFA and Carling Cups, while pushing up to seventh in the Premiership standings.

A first away win on our league travels was registered at Manchester City last weekend and we now seek to significantly improve on the 3-1 reverse suffered in the north east in April.

"It is a big stadium and they've got a good support," reasoned the central defender. "It will be a difficult place to go and win, but if you look at our record over the last few months we are doing particularly well.

"We're on a excellent run, we will put the Carling Cup to bed now and look ahead to Saturday. We're going up there to try and get the win."

Calum enjoyed his second successive start against Southend on Wednesday and admitted that he feared penalties were looming until Jermain Defoe's intervention.

"All credit to Southend, they played well and were unfortunate not to take us to penalties. We kept going though and got our rewards for that.

"They got men behind the ball, stuck to their jobs and it nearly paid off for them. We are just delighted to be through now and into a semi-final.

"I wouldn't be scared to step up and put the ball on the spot - maybe I might have to do it in the future. You do look at the clock to see how long you've got left and it is in the back of your mind. With our strikers though we can score at any time and it turned out that way."

Calum ended up buzzing around in attack on Wednesday, seeking to add to his first goal for the Club he recorded against Manchester City. He put it down to simply enjoying his opportunity.

"I'm just buzzing, I'm in the team and want to enjoy it. Thankfully we've won the last two games in which I've played.

"The goal at City did mean a lot to me, with it being our first away win and my first goal, it was a nice feeling. Hopefully it was the first of many away wins this season."