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NO NERVES FOR MIDO

Posted on 3 March 2006  - 12:00

Mido insists that nerves are not a factor as we approach this Sunday's vital Premiership encounter against Blackburn.

Mido insists that nerves are not a factor as we approach this Sunday's vital Premiership encounter against Blackburn.

Rovers moved to within three points of us following their victory over Arsenal last time out and sit in fifth place in the Premiersip standings. We retained fourth place without playing last weekend and will be seeking to improve on the one-point returns from our last two games.

"We are not nervous, I am not," responded the striker the question of pressure associated with retaining fourth spot. "We just have to think about our situation, play our own football and I think the next game is very important. Blackburn are three points behind us and, if we win the game, it will make a big gap between us and them.

"We have to fight for our position, we are in a good one so we have to battle for it.

"The next 11 games will be like cup finals and we have to play strongly - away too. That is what will make the difference for us," he continued, before acknowledging the challenge that will be presented by Blackburn in Sunday's 4pm kick-off.

"They have some top players and I think their best player is Pedersen - who is very good. We have to deal with the game and play our football to win, not let any team take us into their football. We have to stick with ours and if we do that we should win."