Davis fails in FA appeal
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has been banned for three games after being found guilty of violent conduct.
Davis had been charged by The Football Association in relation to an incident during Saints' 2-1 defeat at Stoke City last weekend.
The keeper appeared to kick out at Potters striker Jon Parkin and, though the altercation was missed by the match referee, video evidence was used.
The charge was denied by Davis and Southampton were hopeful that the former Ipswich Town shot-stopper would avoid a suspension.
But Davis has, instead, been hit with a three-game ban, meaning Bartosz Bialkowski will come into the side for Friday's game with Colchester United, live on Sky Sports 2.
Saints boss George Burley told the club's official website: "It is a big blow to have Kelvin suspended because he was outstanding against Cardiff on Tuesday.
"But Bartosz Bialkowski who we know is a very good young keeper and has a lot of potential.
"He had a very serious knee injury which took him a long time to get over, but he's fully fit now and I'm sure he won't let us down."
Bialkowski will be making his first appearance of the season against Colchester, while Davis is also banned for the Championship games against Wolves and Luton Town.