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PAUL POINTS THE WAY

Posted on 15 November 2005  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri considers the team suffered a reverse in a six-point game against Bolton last time out and insists winning ways must be returned to against West Ham on Sunday.

Paul Stalteri considers the team suffered a reverse in a six-point game against Bolton last time out and insists winning ways must be returned to against West Ham on Sunday.

Despite receiving deserved praise for the performances against Manchester United and Arsenal, the Reebok Stadium reverse made it a return of two points out of nine and enabled what was the chasing pack to close in and, in the case of our last three opponents, overtake.

"It is not a good return and, in the end, it was a six-point game we lost against Bolton," stated the full-back. "When you play your near rivals it is great to get the three points, but sometimes it is just important not to lose away from home.

"We ended up losing and you have to count it as a six-point game. Now we've got two or three games in a row where we have to get points.

We played well in our last three games and I think we deserved to get more than two points from them

Now we have to start putting back to back wins together and push up the table again."

The Canadian international has now quickly experienced the changeable nature of the Premiership programme in that the supposed less fashionable sides can often provide a sterner obstacle to winning ambitions than the traditionally successful teams.

"In the end each game has three points on offer. We lost a big three points last week against Bolton and we have to get those back in our next games. It is great when you play huge clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United but the games against Bolton, West Ham and Wigan have the same prize available.

"We have to take each game as it comes and the next one is West Ham at home - so it is a must-win game for us, I think."