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Arena to be packed for Eagles clash
10:32am Thursday 27th February 2014 in Sport
TOMORROW'S home match against Newcastle Eagles (7.30pm) is set to be the biggest for Worcester Wolves since we played Leicester Riders in our first game at the University Arena.
On that occasion in October, there was a crowd of 1,700 cheering us on and I'm pretty sure this game will be close to a sell-out as well so people need to get their tickets.
It's going to be a fantastic night and it will be great to have a massive crowd behind us and hopefully we can go on to a good win. Having large vocal support just spurs us on to play even harder.
Even though Newcastle lost to Sheffield Sharks 94-92 on Tuesday, there is still plenty riding on this fixture.
If we win then they'd be on six losses and we'd have the head-to-head record against them. Then they would have to lose one game less than us to win the league which would put an awful lot of pressure on them.
But if they win and we were to finish the season with the same number of losses, they would go ahead of us.
There's still plenty to play for in this situation and both teams will be really going for it. Even if Newcastle had beaten Sheffield it would still have been a big game.
That match has also kept the Sharks in the mix and we have still got to play them twice.
We played them earlier in the year and it was our worst game of the season, we just didn't perform at all and really let ourselves down.
We're looking forward to the challenge of playing them and we're glad we've got them two more times. I think we perform better when we're playing teams like that and there's something on the line.
With the title race hotting up, we're trying to keep things relaxed in practice and trying not to put too much attention on the enormity of this situation.
Training sessions have been focused and light hearted and people are responding. Stefan Djukic had a good game against Birmingham Knights and Jamal Williams practically won the game single-handedly in 11 minutes at Newcastle in the BBL Trophy last Friday.
If we can get people coming off our bench who can contribute in that way it makes us such a tough team to beat so hopefully that will continue.
Away from the league, we also face Sheffield in the Trophy semi-finals next month.
I like the draw, I think anybody in the semi-finals has got a chance and over two legs we're going to be pretty strong.
The key game is going to be at their place because they're very tough at home. If we can come away from there with a win or a small deficit I think we will have done well.