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LEDLEY LOOKS AHEAD

Posted on 17 February 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King says the opportunity must be seized to secure a healthy points return over our next two games - starting with Wigan at the Lane on Sunday.

Ledley King says the opportunity must be seized to secure a healthy points return over our next two games - starting with Wigan at the Lane on Sunday.

After the Latics and a clear weekend comes the visit of Blackburn Rovers on March 5, further chances for home form to banish the memories of painful late goals against at both Fulham and last time out at Sunderland.

"We were very disappointed with the way the game ended on Sunday, but again we know what we've got to do," said the skipper after training on Friday. "We've got to lift ourselves, we are at home for the next two games and we will go into them with confidence," he continued before agreeing that results on the road have a bit of catching up to do with those on our own turf.

"A little bit, but I don't think the performances have been too bad, just the outcomes in some. If you look at the Liverpool game, the Fulham one and the Sunderland game - they are ones where we could have picked more points up but there was a lack of concentration on two occasions."

Meanwhile, Ledley went on to reflect on the fact that he was able to take in the Liverpool-Arsenal encounter on Tuesday with a direct and keen anticipation of the final result.

"It has been a long time since we have been able to watch a Liverpool-Arsenal match after 26 games and have an interest in the outcome of it. It is good but there is still Bolton with games in hand and they are a team who know how to grind out wins.

"If anyone had said we would be fourth after 26 games, four points ahead of the next team, of course we would have taken it. We have still got to look at the positives and we know what we've got to do."

First in that line of objectives is a three point haul from the visit of Wigan, a task Ledley knows will be anything but straightforward given the impact made by Paul Jewell's side since their entry to the top flight.

"They have been great and have surprised a lot of people - probably themselves a little bit too. It is going to be a tough game and they will not give any team an easy ride.

"Our home form is good though and we will be confident."