Goran Bunjevcevic expect the challenge of Sunderland on Saturday to be as tough as any we have faced this season at the Lane.
Sunderland, currently sitting 20th in the Premiership, head south with a degree of confidence possibly restored by the FA Cup replay win over Blackburn on Wednesday. Goran feels that the pressure in this fixure is on the home side as many people will view the game as points in the bank.
"It think it's going to be one of the hardest games for us," explained the Yugoslav. "When you are playing a team that is fighting for its life in the league it is difficult. They are coming here after a win on penalties in the FA Cup.
"It will be harder for us because everybody expects us to win this game - three points already on our account. As I said, it will be really hard and we have to concentrate and play to 150 per cent in this game."
While cautious in his assessment of the game, Goran knows that, with two home games coming up, maximum profit is required to sustain our European challenge.
"Of course, you always need points, but it is the Premiership and you can never guarantee points - especially against teams fighting for survival. You can imagine how hard they are going to be trying to get the points.
"We also want to get into Europe though.
"I am very positive about this game. We haven't played so well at home recently and this provides the chance to put on a good performance in front of our supporters.
"If we win three points it will be really, really good for us."