Of the three games remaining in this drawn-out Premier League season, tonight’s against Norwich Is the one against the lowest-placed side but Reece James makes clear the players know the importance of it, especially with the need to put the weekend result in Sheffield behind us.
The Canaries are nine points adrift at the bottom of the table and already relegated, whereas we have games away against champions Liverpool and at home to sixth-place Wolves to come. There is no doubt today is a very good opportunity to claim three more points but nothing can be taken for granted.
‘It is going to be massive. It is probably one of the biggest games of the season,’ James declares about the Norwich challenge.
‘They are obviously a little bit down at the moment, they have just been relegated, and we need to finish the season strongly and cement our top-four position.
‘Going into every game we need to fight and everyone knows the ambition and what we want to achieve at the end of the season, so everyone is going to be putting in 110 per cent, everyone will do the best they can to get the results we need to finish in the top four.’
The damage done by defeat at on Saturday was lessened by the subsequent results for the teams below us in fifth and sixth, with Leicester losing to Bournemouth and Man United held at home by Southampton.
‘That was a little boost for us going into this game against Norwich,’ the young right-back acknowledges.
‘After losing 3-0 [to Sheffield United], no one is going to be happy. It was a chance to take a step closer to finishing in the top four and we weren’t able to do it.
‘As you saw in the game, Sheffield United was a very well-structured team and they know what to do and when to do it. I have to say they were very good on the day and were hard to break down. We need to bounce back from such a difficult game and go again against Norwich.’