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LEDLEY'S POSITIVE

Posted on 24 February 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King insists we should still look to the positives despite not gathering the points we would have wished for in the last two games.

Ledley King insists we should still look to the positives despite not gathering the points we would have wished for in the last two games.

Since the 3-1 win over Charlton at the Lane, the team have remained unbeaten but have failed to register three-point hauls against Sunderland and Wigan. We retain fourth spot in the table, but the three teams behind us now have a game in hand, while Bolton in ninth have three games to catch up.

"Obviously we would have liked to have come away from the game with three points," said the skipper on last time out against Wigan. "The performance was not one of our best, Wigan made it difficult for us and stopped us doing what we are good at.

"We've still got to look to the positives, we're still in a good position with 11 games left. We have to look towards the next game.

"I think Wigan did their homework and set out to stop us doing what we're good at - which is understandable. We struggled to play our normal game and it was a bit of a second ball type of match. A draw was probably fair in the end."

Ledley concedes that the team have perhaps endured a dip in form in recent weeks but, as he rightly points out, it is not a dip that has seen us suffer too much in terms of losing.

"Every team has a little bad patch in the season and this is ours, I think. As I've said before, even in a bad patch we are not playing particularly badly or losing back to back games.

"We're still hard to beat and we are still confident - so we will just keep going," he reasoned, before reflecting on the fact that sitting in the top four at this stage of the season is new territory for him. Something he is determined to make the most of between now and the seasonal conclusion.

"It is a new position for me and quite a few of the other players. We have got some experience in the team though that we are going to need in the coming weeks.

"We are not getting carried away, we know it is going to be tough and we are ready to fight for all the points that are available."