Steven Davis is out to end two disappointing runs when Southampton welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St Mary’s on Saturday.
Spurs are the only team currently in the Premier League who Saints have not beaten since their return to the top flight of English football.
Davis, meanwhile, has not found the net so far this season, with his last goal coming at home in a 2-2 draw against Stoke City in February 2014.
The 30 year-old is hoping to end both of those runs on Saturday, as Mauricio Pochettino returns to St Mary’s for the first time since leaving in the summer.
“I feel we’ve been unlucky against Spurs recently,” Davis told Southampton’s official YouTube channel. “Overall our performances have been at quite a good level.
“But for whatever reason we haven’t been able to see through the game and get the right result. Saturday presents us with an opportunity to put that right and hopefully we can do it this time.
“It’s been a frustration for me not to have scored and it told a bit in the way I took the chance against Hull City. There’s no doubting I should have scored it.
“But when you’re in a position where you haven’t scored maybe you snatch at things a little bit more than what you would do on a decent run.
“I think whenever you miss an opportunity it plays on your mind. The most important thing is the team winning and trying to help out any way you can.”
Saints sit just one point and one place behind Spurs in the table, and Davis says the players are well aware of how big the game is, acknowledging the added edge of Pochettino’s return.
“It’s great to be in a position where we’re challenging for a European spot at this stage. We’ve had a great season so far but we don’t want it to peter out,” Davis added.
“It’s about seeing it through and Saturday is an opportunity to pick up points against one of our nearest rivals.
“We know how Mauricio works and how he sets up his team, hopefully that will be an advantage to us. We enjoyed a good time under him but we’re confident going into the game.
“The fans will hopefully get behind us as they always do. There will be an edge to the game with a returning manager, so it’s a game for everyone to look forward to.”