EXCLUSIVE – Scott Davies on Steve McNulty: “We have a few arguments along the way but we trust each other”

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Scott Davies believes knowing team-mate Steve McNulty for a “good few years” helped form the basis for his excellent partnership with the centre half.

Davies and McNulty are regulars on the Tranmere team-sheet, but their relationship runs much deeper than that.

They’re also close friends off the field, and played together at Fleetwood during their promotion years from the National League, and Davies believes those years together makes them such an effective partnership at Rovers.

He said: “I think if you look throughout football, and throughout football history as well, goalkeepers always have a relationship with the centre halves, and me and Macca are no different.

“We’ve been promoted together, we’ve played a lot of football together, we played at Fleetwood together for a good few years.

“We’ve known each other a long time so it helps, he knows what I’m going to do and I know what he’s going to do.

“We have a few arguments along the way but we trust each other.

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Davies on McNulty: “I think if you look throughout football, goalkeepers always have a relationship with the centre halves, and me and Macca are no different.”

And although words are often exchanged during the game – “I probably can’t say (what we say to each other mid-game) on camera” – Davies also believes a simple look between the pair can be just as effective.

He said: “To be fair to me and Macca, we argue a lot, but we don’t really need to say much.

“A lot of the time it’s just a look because we’ve played with each other long enough to know what’s expected and what’s not expected.

“He demands high standards from me and I demand high standards from him and I think that’s why we get on so well.”

It’s not just McNulty that Davies has such a good relationship with though, as the 31-year-old talked highly of his partnerships with the rest of the back four.

He said: “It’s not just us two either, it’s myself and most of the back four.

“It’s about building relationships and like I’ve said, we’re all close.

“We all know what we’re going do for each other and it’s about being there for each other at the end of the day.”

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