Date: 4th January 2016 at 11:04am
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Midfielder Steven Davis has said that morale remains high in the dressing room despite another loss to Norwich City and he also spoke about Sadio Mane following his drop to the bench having turned up late for the team meeting ahead of the game.

Speaking to the Daily Echo in his own post game press conference following the one nil loss at Carrow Road, the Northern Ireland international explained that whilst the situation at the club at the minute wasn’t ideal with recent results and how we ended 2015, confidence was still high and everybody believed we could see this through and turn the corner.

‘By no means is it a squad full of doom and gloom in there. The situation we`re in isn`t ideal in terms of the last four or five weeks, because of the results. But there`s still a lot of belief in the squad that we can go on and have a strong season. We need to do something about that sooner rather than later, though.’

With manager Ronald Koeman making no secret of his anger at Mane’s attitude in turning up late and the lack of discipline and focus it showed, davis was quick to try and sooth things by playing it down and focusing instead on how important Mane is to us.

‘It`s maybe not ideal, but I don`t want to put too much emphasis on that in terms of the result today because the performance in the first-half was good. Ultimately the performance was good, barring a couple of incidents. It`s just so frustrating not to come away with anything. He`s (Mane) an important player to us and he`s the type of player that can create something out of nothing. There`s not too many of them around so, of course, he plays a massive role and that was the decision the manager made.’

As for Mane with continuing links to Manchester United with the window now open, some reports say he’s available for a fee in the region of £62.5million and others say he won’t be going anywhere until the summer.

This latest incident is only going to feed the speculation though.

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