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Next game massive - Niko

Posted on 1 April 2010  - 12:00

Niko Kranjcar has paid testament to our run of winning five straight league games on the trot - but knows continuing the run at Sunderland on Saturday is a must.

Next game massive - Niko

Niko Kranjcar has paid testament to our run of winning five straight league games on the trot - but knows continuing the run at Sunderland on Saturday is a must.

The Croatian midfielder believes we can be proud of our recent form, which has seen us get ourselves into pole position in the race for fourth place despite injuries to key players.

But April brings about a massive test of our credentials, starting with the trip to Wearside before a run of three straight games against the top three sides in the country.

Put an FA Cup Semi-Final with Portsmouth in amongst all that, and it's clear we need as much confidence as possible going into what could prove to be a season-defining period.

So victory at the Stadium of Light is key, according to Niko: "If we get those three points then we'd have done our job over the last six games and built great momentum going into the Cup semi-final and the three massive league games that will be in front of us.

"To win five on the trot at this time of year is massively important, and we've done it despite injuries to key players - so you couldn't ask for more.

"We're talking players who have clinched games for us throughout the course of the season, yet we've kept on winning, which is a great achievement.

"We want to continue on this form and try to achieve our goals, which is finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.

"But I think we're calm and we all know that we need to be focused on the next game, which in this case is Sunderland away."