Irons talisman Declan Rice has spoken of the squads confidence and hard preparation work going into a massive Premier League encounter against Wolves today.
Rice has been instrumental this season so far and has acknowledged that we are now entering a huge few weeks which will shape the outcome of a campaign that could be incredibly successful.
“Obviously recently we’ve not had the results that we’ve wanted,” said Rice. “But we’ve only lost two in ten so we’re still in strong form, but we’re not winning as many games as we’d like to.
“We know Wolves are a good side, they’re really strong and well-organised, but we’ve beaten them before and we’ve got the quality, it’s just about doing it on the day.
“We’re confident, we’ve worked really hard in training to prepare for that, so we want to get back on track.
“Especially going into the big Europa League games, we want to pick up our form again and keep it going, so we’re buzzing for Wolves and for the remainder of the season.”
On Friday it was confirmed that our opponents in the last 16 round of the Europa League will be Sevilla, and Declan couldn’t contain his excitement ahead of the mouthwatering tie.
“I’m excited,” claimed the England international. “I’ve seen the draw and I’m looking forward to it! We were outside training as we start at eleven, so we didn’t see the draw, but Stuart Pearce came running out shouting at the top of his voice that it was Sevilla.
“Obviously you’re still focusing on training but when you come in you take in the draw and see what it’s like and obviously a massive club and a massive team and it’s going to be a tough tie, but if we want to compete with the best and test ourselves against the best, we’re going to have to beat the best if we want to win the competition.
“So, we’re excited and all the lads and the manager and of course the fans are looking forward to it.
“Of course, if we can get a good result in the away leg, going into the home leg the place is going to be up and running, so we’re looking forward to it and it’s always a boost having the second leg at home.
“One thing about that stadium is that it needs those big nights. It’s a lovely stadium and when you’re playing there and the place erupts, the atmosphere is incredible and there’s no better place to play football.”