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Let The Feet Do The Talking

Let The Feet Do The Talking

In football, cliche's are two a penny. So when players talk about taking each game as it comes, and keeping their feet on the ground, it's easy to scoff.

In an interview with the E&S, Neil Collins certainly drops a few of his own out, but he tempers it with a healthy enough dose of reality to dispel any thoughts of it being empty headed lip service to the press.

"I hate to use cliche's but we have to take each game as it comes. He said.

"We've got to keep our feet on the ground because we haven't done anything yet. We're not even in the play-off positions and the teams behind us are still winning,

"Sometimes you can look at the league table and see where a team is and think 'we should be turning them over'. But if you look at Burnley last week they had lost 12 of their last 16, so they would have been working on how to beat us all week.

Whether they did or not turned out to be irrelevant. Despite having to weather a storm, Wolves still managed to walk away from Turf Moor with three more points in the bag and a third win in a row.

Next up, its Leeds United, another team desperately in need of points and eager to gain revenge for an early season defeat, courtesy of a late Jay Bothroyd thunderbolt.

And whilst Collins thoughts are focussed on victory, he shows the hallmarks of a true winner in not only being able to contemplate defeat, but knowing how to overcome it as well.

Referring to the weekend's fixture he said:

“No team turns up on the day and lets you roll them over. Leeds will be no different - Dennis Wise is their manager and we know he'll have a hard-working team ready to battle for everything.

We've got to stay focused on the aim of getting into the top six. And if we are beaten we've got to deal with it and not get carried away with ourselves,

Leeds coming to town is always a heated affair, but in recent encounters the league gap has rarely been so wide.

But when the ref's whistle blows at three o'clock on Saturday afternoon, there might as well be a fag paper between them as the leagues overachievers face the leagues underachievers, both desperate to secure three points, but for very different reasons












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Writer:Stuart Smith
Date:Friday February 23 2007
Time: 12:00PM

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