Fabio Cannavaro delivers 'exceptional' verdict as £2m Aston Villa transfer saves club

Keinan Davis was the toast of Udinese after his first goal for the club kept them in Serie A.

Davis has endured an injury-hit first season in Italy after leaving Aston Villa for £2m last summer. But all of that was forgotten as he scored the winning goal in Udinese’s relegation decider against Frosinone on Sunday, coming off the subs’ bench and netting on 76 minutes in a 1-0 victory.

The win meant Udinese, managed by World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, finished two points above the relegation zone as Frosinone, Sassuolo and Salernitana were relegated.

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“His (Davis’) absence affected the team because a player like that can turn a match for you,” said Cannavaro. “I didn't know whether or not to field him from the start. But all the lads were exceptional.”

“I'm so happy,” said Davis. “I was out injured for a long time and I wasn't able to show the fans what I can do. But then I came back and the more I played, the more I built up my confidence. I'm delighted to have helped the team and our fans.

“It was tough out there today. We knew Frosinone wanted to win at home. It was difficult but we pulled out all the stops. I wasn't thinking about scoring myself – I just wanted us to win.

“Next season I'll be able to start in pre-season and I feel ready. I can't wait to get going again. I want to have a big season.”

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