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We're Fully Focused On Wigan - Stephen Humphrys

23 February 2018

Stephen Humphrys insists the squad are fully focused on Saturday’s Sky Bet League One match against Wigan Athletic.

Dale face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 28th February in their Emirates FA Cup fifth round replay, but Humphrys says the players’ minds are fully on the trip to the DW Stadium.

“A lot of the players haven’t even mentioned the Wembley trip,” said Humphrys.

“We’re just focused on the Wigan game on Saturday and trying to get as many important points as we can.

“We know they like to play football, and we like to play football as well. I think we’ll see quite an even game.

“We’ll just try our best as we do every game to try and get as many points as we can.”

The forward, who arrived on-loan from Fulham on transfer deadline day, has enjoyed his time at the club so far, and feels he is only getting fitter after a four month injury lay-off.

“I’m settling in well – the lads have taken to me really well. I’m just enjoying being here at the minute.

“I feel like I’m getting fitter and fitter every day. I know what the Gaffer wants from me, and I’m really enjoying it.

“The five minutes I got at Northampton Town meant the world to me. Just to be able to run around freely on the pitch without my hamstring injury was the best feeling.

“To start the game at Bristol Rovers showed that the manager has the faith in me to do the job. I’m delighted that I’ve not pulled my hamstring again, and that I’m feeling strong and fast. I feel good.”

Dale’s goalless draw with MK Dons in midweek saw them move off the bottom of League One, and Humphrys sees it as a positive point to build on.

“It was a positive result to bounce back from the Spurs game after the effort we put in. We didn’t turn up and throw it away, we tried our best to get three points.

“We didn’t create too many chances. I had some good chances myself that I would expect myself to put away.

“But we still managed to grind out a point and hopefully things are on the up now.”

The striker has started Dale’s last three matches, forming a partnership with Ian Henderson, which has seen the skipper score three times in those games.

“He’s got a lot of experience and he’s really helped me with the defensive side of the game, because that’s probably one of the things that I needed to work on.

“He’s been talking me through the games and helping me out, and I feel like I’m really benefitting from playing with him.”

Humphrys and Henderson defended from the front in Dale’s 2-2 draw against Spurs last weekend, and the 20-year-old credited the whole team for their performance against the Premier League giants.

“It was hard, there was a lot of running involved.

“Playing against world class players, you know your angle of approach to everything has got to be right, otherwise they’ll pick you apart.

“I thought me and Hendo pressed them well and put them under pressure, and they didn’t like it.

“That’s just a credit to the whole team because we pressed as a unit and they didn’t like it.”

You can watch the full interview with Humphrys on iFollow.

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