Cup Final Ambitions For N'Diaye
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has said the side will treat the final 16 games of the season as proverbial 'cup finals' as we target the Premier League and not Wembley this season.
The weekend's three nil victory over an impressive Sheffield United, following their League One success last season, re-established our eleven point gap at the top of the table and N'Diaye knows that with 48 points still up for grabs this year, nobody can think we've made it already and let any signs of complacency slip in.
Speaking to the Official Website with the players back in for rehab work and training yesterday, N'Diaye explained that the aim of the group continued to be simple - keep giving their all to cap what has already been a thoroughly unexpected fairy tale season.
'We played well against Sheffield United - we started well and with good aggression, and we used the ball well. It was good for everyone involved - the fans, the staff and for us, because we did a good job. The gaffer has told us that we need to play every game like a final. It was a good performance, but we are 16 games from the end of the season and we need to keep this going.'
Although the gap at the top of the table is impressive given it is Nuno Espirito Santo's first season in charge, it's not insurmountable at this stage and N'Diaye knows we have to continue performing as best we can in the coming matches and when performances are off, grind out results like we've had to in the past.
'We will play every game like a final. Every game is different and the challenge for us is to find our best possible performance for each game.'
Where the club find themselves come the beginning of March will be more telling of where our future lies.