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'We're ready' - Gomes

Posted on 12 March 2009  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes insists we won't be fazed by our top four double-header over the next fortnight.

'We're ready' - Gomes

Heurelho Gomes insists we won't be fazed by our top four double-header over the next fortnight.

After a run of crucial games against teams in the lower reaches of the Premier League - including Portsmouth, Stoke, Hull and Middlesbrough - we now face fourth-placed Villa and Chelsea, currently second, in the next couple of weeks.

A trip to Villa Park is first up on Sunday with Martin O'Neill's side chasing a Champions League spot followed by Chelsea at the Lane on Saturday week, March 21.

It's a tough task but Gomes points to our league record of just one defeat against the current top four - Villa at home back in September. Add in fifth-placed Arsenal and it's one defeat in six so far against the top five.

"These are massive games and we play well on these occasions," said the keeper. "You only have to look at our results this season.

"Villa are a great team, they are playing well but so are we at the moment.

"We have learned some hard lessons," added Gomes, with reference to a run of late defeats on our travels. "We lost four games in the final minutes and you work so hard, then you get hit so late. That's difficult to take.

"Things are much better now though. I believe in us and we are ready for this challenge."