Bolton eye Wembley moment
Ricketts says squad focused on taking Muamba with them
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: March 26, 2012 9:13am
Bolton: Celebrate their win over Blackburn
Sam Ricketts admits Bolton Wanderers are firmly focused on booking a trip to Wembley and taking Fabrice Muamba with them.
Bolton secured victory at the weekend over Blackburn, their first game since Muamba's cardiac arrest earlier this month.
Now Bolton head back to the scene of Muamba's collapse, White Hart Lane, as they replay the FA Cup quarter-final clash against Tottenham which was abandoned shortly before half-time.
Muamba has been showing massive signs of improvement since he collapsed and Ricketts believes booking a place at Wembley would help.
"Once we knew Fab was improving we couldn't wait for the game so we could show our support for him," he said.
"From last Saturday until maybe Tuesday or Wednesday, the lads weren't sleeping and there were a few who were having flashbacks to certain things they had seen on the pitch at Tottenham.
"With the fantastic progress he is making, we have to use that as motivation to produce another performance. It would be fantastic if we could go back to Wembley and he came with us."
David Wheater, who scored both goals against Blackburn, is hoping his goals will also help Muamba.
"We were told they were going to put a TV in Fab's room on Saturday night so he could watch Match of the Day - and hopefully he could see we did him proud," he said.
"It's been a hard week - we like to have fun in training, but it's not easy to do that when one of your mates is lying in hospital, and we know it will be difficult going back to White Hart Lane.
"The few days we had off at the beginning of the week were long, hard days. I was walking around like a zombie, everyone was.
"But now we know he's getting better, we can go there and play for him as we did against Blackburn. I've known Fab for 10 years through the England set ups, and he won't believe I scored twice - I don't think anyone can - but it wasn't really the time for running around celebrating.
"Even in a local derby, going crazy over the winning goals didn't seem right."