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Gomes' home comforts

Heurelho Gomes is aiming for another three points on home soil on Sunday before our tough triple-header on the road.

Heurelho Gomes is aiming for another three points on home soil on Sunday before our tough triple-header on the road.

We've won four out of six games at the Lane so far in the Barclays Premier League and the popular goalkeeper is aiming for victory against Wigan before the trips to Villa, Manchester United and Everton.

Gomes - who played such a key role in the win last time out against Sunderland on November 7 - is the main feature in Sunday's official matchday programme.

He said: "I believe that you must win your home matches if you are fighting to reach the top four, but picking up points away from home is what makes the difference between the top teams.

"We have a quality group of players who have enjoyed some good results on our travels and if we can continue this, we will maintain our place towards the top end of the table.

"We certainly have some difficult away games coming up, but if we can pick up another three points against Wigan it will give us the confidence we need going into those games.

"Wigan have played some good football this season and can be difficult to beat, but I'm optimistic."

Gomes produced the key moment against Sunderland when he turned away Darren Bent's penalty with us 1-0 up just minutes into the second half.

Tom Huddlestone rattled home a 25-yarder to secure the 2-0 victory and the Brazilian international feels that hard-earned success underlined the spirit and winning mentality in the squad.

"We certainly look stronger than last season and what I like is that we are always looking to win games and work well together as a team," he explained. "There is a good spirit and a great atmosphere in the camp and when a team stays together like this, it makes it much easier to win games."

After Wigan, we travel to Villa in the league on November 28, United in the Carling Cup on December 1 and then Everton back in the league on December 6.

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