Benoit Assou-Ekotto knows we must be ready to face a team fighting for their lives when we travel to Wolves on Sunday.
Mick McCarthy’s side are battling for Premier League survival and our left-back is aware the trip to Molineux could provide a potential banana skin in our battle for a top four finish.
But the Cameroon international insists this cannot be used as an excuse and is keen to focus all his attention on the visit to the Black Country despite one of the biggest games in our history coming up on Wednesday.
Benoit said: “Sometimes we have had problems when we’ve played against the so-called ‘smaller’ teams. But if we want to finish in the top four we have to beat them.
“You could say it is easier to play against a Chelsea or a Manchester United, one of the ‘big four’, as Wolves will know if they want to be in the Premier League next season they must beat us.
“It will be a difficult game, so if we think about AC Milan and lose against Wolves, those three points could prove very costly come the end of the season. We have to take it game-by-game.”
However, Benoit hopes the squad will be rejuvenated after their warm weather training camp in Dubai over the past week.
He continued: “It was important for us to be able to take our minds off of the Premier League and the Champions League, but now we have to come back at 200 per cent!”
The 26-year-old reached the milestone of 100 Premier League games for us last time out at Blackpool and speaks with pride on the achievement - especially after injury nearly finished his career back in 2008.
Benoit added: "Back then I did not think I would go on to play 100 games for the Club, so this is a good thing for me. I remember my debut against Bolton and since then I have seen the progression."