Gus Poyet looked ahead to a week that could shape the season and insisted that it is a nice position to be in.
Next up is tonight's testing trip to Coventry in the FA Cup, followed by Everton in the Premiership at the Lane on Saturday and the Worthington Cup semi-final return against Chelsea the following Wednesday.
While it could be viewed as a pressure-filled period for the team, Gus says it's where every footballer wants to be.
"It's nothing new," said Gus. "It's nice to be in this position because we have a chance to go through in the FA Cup, to come back to winning games in the Premiership and especially to secure a place in the final.
"So it's a nice week, a nice week to be involved. It wouldn't be a nice week to be out - injured or suspended.
"We have to do our best. Maybe because of this week we can be happier than before."
Gus says that we shouldn't forget it is also a make or break week for Chelsea, who have faultered in the league and face an FA Cup replay against Norwich City.
"It is not only a big week for us. It is for Chelsea. They are not in a very good position in the Premiership, they've have the FA Cup on Wednesday and after that they have us - so it's difficult for everybody.
"If it goes wrong you can find yourself in a position of just trying to get into the top six in the Premiership. It would not be very nice, we will try to prevail and show some power this week."
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