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JERMAIN READY FOR BIG PUSH

Posted on 18 February 2006  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is happy all the leading teams are, for now, playing off a level base and currently know where they stand as we head into the final quarter of the season.

Jermain Defoe is happy all the leading teams are, for now, playing off a level base and currently know where they stand as we head into the final quarter of the season.

The top seven teams have all now played 26 games following Arsenal using up their game in hand against Liverpool on Tuesday night and we now hold a four point advantage over our nearest rivals and West Ham - five over Blackburn. The lurking threat is Bolton in eighth place, who sit six points behind with two games in hand.

With us now heading into two home games - against Wigan and Blackburn - the striker knows it is all about our own results now, although Jermain admitted he was an interested viewer the other night.

"To be fair, I did fancy Liverpool to win because it was at Anfield - and it went our way again," he reflected. "Sometimes I try not to look at the other results, just focus on our team, but it is now all set up for us at the weekend.

"IT IS DEFINITELY BETTER TO ALL BE ON THE ON THE SAME GAMES, IT IS AN ADDED PRESSURE NOW, BUT WE KNOW THAT EVERY GAME WE GO INTO WE NEED TO GET THE POINTS. IT IS GOOD, IT KEEPS YOU GOING AND THE NEXT GAME AGAINST WIGAN IS MASSIVE FOR US.

"We are at home, we will have the crowd behind us and if we get the three points it will be great."

Jermain went on to report that the team have shaken off the disappointment of another late goal at Sunderland last weekend.

"It was hard because I thought we deserved to win the game. I think everyone is alright now, the spirit is good and we are all looking forward to the weekend," he continued before refusing to look beyond Sunday in his vision of potential point gathering.

"We'll see what happens, we have to take each game as it comes and Wigan is next. We can get the points, everyone is looking sharp in training and we can score goals - especially at home.

"With Arsenal losing it is an added incentive to get the three points.

"Wigan is going to be a tough game because they work so hard for each other. They got off to a good start, they have had hard games, but hopefully we will win the day."