Teddy Sheringham insists that the New Year's Day defeat to Southampton will have no bearing on the FA Cup clash on Saturday.
The skipper states simply that it will be another tough game at a venue where the home side have yet to be beaten this season.
"It doesn't change anything about Saturday's game," said Teddy. "The fact is, we've got to go back to a very difficult place to get a result - simple as that.
"It would have had no bearing if we had won, you wouldn't think it was going to be easy. We lost, but we don't think we're going to lose, we'll go back with optimism because we played well. But it is about converting those chances."
Teddy does not feel that the team have suffered during the busy festive programme and points out that we have the squad to cope with such a demanding schedule. He reasons that the performances at Newcastle and Southampton were good even if the results did not reflect that.
"It's hectic, but we've got a big squad now and should be capable of churning out the performances which is exactly what we've done.
"We've got a lot of good players at this club now. It's disappointing to lose but, if you are going to take the positives out of it, we should have got something from both games.
"That is no mean feat going to places like Newcastle and Southampton. It didn't quite happen for us and that is why you have to keep plugging away."