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Things are really just fine...

By Simon Hopper :  12/04/2008 :  Comments (0) :
Bloody hell everyone. When we win everyone goes nuts about how we can break the Sky 4's grip and when we lose - or DRAW -everyone wants to slit their wrists.

Yes today we didn't win. But bloody hell. Only Chelsea have beaten Brum at St Andrews under McLeish and we were missing our best players. We were battered at times and still came away with a point. We have still only lost twice this year in the league and maybe our luck will turn again. Especially if the fans get behind the team - the same team and the same fans that saw us deserve to beat Fiorentina without needing a dodgy penalty or opposition players to be sent off for nothing. Yes we have played much better this season. But no team sustains top form even with mega millions spent on their squad players.

Yes we have a tough run in. But if we beat Villa, which is perfectly possible, we realistically only have Portsmouth to worry about. We went to Arse with a worse team and with less to play for last year and should have won but for a dodgy free kick. Maybe we'll finally get a lucky penalty if things even themselves out against Chelsea? Keep the faith!

Yes we might not qualify for Europe which would be a disaster. But there are lots of things that suggest we will: Portsmouth might already qualify through the FA Cup; we might get there through fair play; we might need to start pre season earlier for the Intertoto cup; and most importantly we still have a 4-point lead with 4 games to go! And, even if we don't qualify for Europe, we still have much to be positive about.

Yes we have some shit players. But so does every other team! Wes Brown... Dirk Kuyt... Paulo Ferreira... Philippe Senderos. It's just we need some more better players and they will come. It wasn't long ago when Gareth Farrelly was our fuckin' hero!!! I'd rather Moyes waited for the right man than put up with the Van der Meyde's of this world. We shouldn't have a midfield of Carsley and Neville but that's because Osman, Arteta and Cahill are all out.

Next season, I'm sure we'll have quality reinforcements because we have built a good reputation over the past three seasons. When was the last time a player such as Kallstrom - playing regular Champions' League football - said he was interested in joining us? I'm not saying he is the answer necessarily, but things are looking up. Any team losing such a talisman as Cahill would struggle. Imagine the RS without Gerrard or the Mancs without Ronaldo for half the season. Now Drogba is back, Chelsea look dangerous again.

We need our players to get properly fit before they play and this highlights our small squad. This is the same squad that, for barely a quarter of the money spent on the team one place and two points above us, is doing well. We have to build for the future whilst trying to achieve success now. And unfortunately, at the moment, for us and Portsmouth and Villa etc etc success means finishing 5th or winning a cup if Man Utd or Chelsea rest players. We have seen that money buys success: Yak will probably get 20 goals this season and he cost £11M; Torres cost £24M and has scored 30 goals. You get what you pay for but we can't pay for the very very best (shit, that's painful talking about Liverpool players like that).

We need to stop with the knee jerk reactions to every game and look at the bogger picture which is VERY healthy. And only going to get healthier.

I want us to achieve proper success and hate us playing shite as much as the next Bluenose; but, despite the pain, things are getting better: it wasn't that long ago when we were relegation candidates every season. Let's try to get behind the team and help them limp over the finishing line to keep the momentum going.

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