Younes Kaboul said staying patient was an important factor in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Bolton.
After taking an early lead via Gareth Bale and seeing the visitors go down to 10 men, the lads were thwarted time and time again in their search for a second goal by inspired Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who made five world-class before half-time.
It took just five minutes for the second goal to arrive in the second half, a fine strike by Aaron Lennon and when Jermain Defoe tapped home for 3-0 on the hour, it was truly all over.
“We should have finished the game by half-time but their goalkeeper was fantastic,” reflected Younes. “In games like that you have to stay patient, concentrate and that’s what happened.
“We scored two more goals and after that, nothing else (in terms of the result) could happen. We now have a tough game at Stoke on Sunday and we prepare for that.”
Victory made it a record six on the trot in the Premier League and stretched our run to 10 wins and a draw in our last 11 games, matching our best unbeaten run in the Premier League.
“The most important thing is to carry on like this and see what happens come May,” added Younes. “We have to stay focused and try to keep going until the end of the season.
“We’re playing good football, everyone is doing his best in every game and we have to carry on and be strong, that’s most important.”