Tottenham must forget Real Madrid defeat says Heurelho Gomes

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Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes insists Tottenham cannot go into their Barclays Premier League encounter against Stoke tomorrow still smarting about their heavy defeat to Real Madrid in midweek.

Spurs were on the end of a 4-0 hammering at the Bernabeu on Wednesday which has left their hopes of a dream run to the final in their maiden Champions League campaign in tatters.

Gomes was at fault for Madrid's fourth as he allowed Cristiano Ronaldo's shot to squeeze past him at the near post, but the Brazilian is adamant he and his team-mates cannot dwell on what might have been.

"We have to pick ourselves up because we need to finish in the top four of the Premier League," said Gomes.

"We cannot afford to think about the next game with Madrid."

Meanwhile, Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes his side's draw against Chelsea last time out proves his players are not being distracted by their upcoming FA Cup semi-final date with Bolton.

"The performance against Chelsea and the attitude of the players spoke volumes for the group," he said.

"We've got so much to concentrate on in the league as well, so that is very important."

Fulham face Manchester United tomorrow on the back of a decent run of form and Cottagers manager Mark Hughes is convinced his side can go to Old Trafford and create an upset.

Fulham have won two of their last three outings to move into the top half of the table and Hughes said: "We're playing well so why not have a go?"

Bottom side Wigan are also on the up after beating Birmingham and then earning a creditable draw with Tottenham, and confidence is high in the Latics camp.

Roberto Martinez's men travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea, and while they will be huge underdogs, captain Gary Caldwell is at least happy with the club's recent run of form.

"Over the last few weeks we've played very well," he said.

"There's been a consistency in our performances which has shown in some of the results."

West Ham will be looking to bounce back at Bolton after throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 against Manchester United last weekend.

Hammers full-back Lars Jacobsen sees the trip to the Reebok Stadium as a chance to claim three points, saying: "It's a real opportunity at Bolton.

"We all know it's a difficult place to play but in the Premier League it's always difficult and it's a new chance for us."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is wary of the threat West Ham pose and believes Avram Grant's troops are in a false position in the table.

He said: "West Ham are a very good team and better than their league position suggests.

"They have shown that in recent games."

Sunderland may still find themselves embroiled in the relegation fight if they continue their current run of poor form and boss Steve Bruce has warned they do not have an easy run-in.

The Black Cats are just six points above the drop zone and host West Brom tomorrow in the first of seven games between now and the end of the season against teams also embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

"Even though we don't have the 'big-name' teams to come now, the teams we are playing will be making a fist of it," said Bruce.

Saturday's early kick-off sees Everton travel to Wolves, while Blackburn entertain Birmingham.

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