LOAN midfielder Jay Spearing is urging Wanderers to start capitalising on home advantage.
The 24-year-old Liverpool man knows that with three out of the next four Championship matches on home turf, the team can really make it a “Whites” Christmas by turning their recent good performances into wins.
He is determined to do just that in games against the Addicks, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham over the next fortnight.
Spearing said: “We have three out of the next four at home and fingers crossed we can pick up maximum points from all of them.
“We need to start the run now, starting tomorrow, which is a big game.
“We know Charlton won’t come and be a walkover.
“But at home we want to try and make the Reebok Stadium a fortress and pick up as many points as possible.
“Going off the performance last week, we were all really pleased with the way we played.
“We felt we dominated the game and deserved a lot more out of it.
“That’s football for you, these things can happen.
“We have three out of the next four at home and fingers crossed we can pick up maximum points from all of them.”
The Whites lost 2-1 to Ipswich in their last home outing but were unbeaten in five Reebok matches prior to that.
That Ipswich reverse has been their only defeat in eight games under new boss Dougie Freedman and Spearing believes that shows the boss is getting his ideas across to the squad.
Spearing, who has played 19 times this season, continued: “We are drawing games but believe we should be coming out with three points.
“We are still picking up points. We are slowly coming together as a team and the manager is getting his ideas across really well.
“The lads are settling down and getting used to how he wants us to play and I think that is starting to show in the performances.
“The manager from day one has tried to get his point across about how he wants us to play and how he wants the club to go forward. In the last couple of weeks we have deserved more points than we have got and our performances have showed his ideas are getting through to us now.”
On a personal level, Spearing is happy with his form and the position in defensive midfield where he is being deployed alongside Keith Andrews.
But the third member of the engine room triumvirate, Mark Davies, is now sidelined for at least two months with a shoulder injury. Spearing feels there are plenty of other players who can step into his role.
“I came from Liverpool as a defensive midfielder and the manager has asked me from day one to play that role,” he said.
“He has his areas he wants me to improve on and I am trying to do that. In any way I can help the team, I am willing to do it.
“Along with Keith and Sparky (Davies) in there, everyone wants to do their bit and nail down how the manager wants the midfield to be played.
“Sparky has scored a lot of crucial goals for us this year and had started to play really well. He is a lad who can change a game in a matter of seconds. The lads will all miss his impact.
“But in and around the squad, even with those on the bench or not involved, there are goals in this team.
“It is just a matter of time before we take the chances we are creating in games.
“The time will come when we get the results we deserve.”