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BEARING UP WELL

Posted on 23 February 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton feels the lads are bearing up well to the pressures of competing for fourth place in the Premiership.

Chris Hughton feels the lads are bearing up well to the pressures of competing for fourth place in the Premiership.

We are currently five points clear of Arsenal in fifth having played a game more despite recent stumbles against Fulham and Sunderland and Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Wigan at the Lane. West Ham, Blackburn, Wigan and Bolton – who have three games in hand – are also in the frame at the moment.

We are without a game this weekend with our next fixture another crunch clash against Blackburn at the Lane on Sunday March 5, kick-off 4pm.

"There is pressure, for sure," said Chris, coach and First Assistant to Martin Jol. "But if at any stage last season or at the beginning of this season you asked the players if they would prefer to be addressing the pressure of what we’re going through now or the pressure at the other end of the table or even mid-table, it would be where we are now.

"I feel the the lads are bearing up very well and you measure that a couple of ways.

"First, by performances and okay, our performance against Wigan wasn’t the of the standard we’ve set ourselves but it’s difficult to do that game in, game out.

"Secondly, you measure it by the spirit within the team and that hasn’t been affected. The work ethic is there, the team spirit is there and those are the things that will drive us on in forthcoming games.

"The feeling post-match after Sunderland and now Wigan has been as if we’d lost the games so that shows the disappointment and perhaps how far we’ve come."