To my mind the most positive thing about Saturday's result is that it continues a fantastic run in three competitions. We've won 9 of our last 12 games, got a creditable draw at Chelsea and lost (undeservedly) by the odd goal to Liverpool & Newcastle. In fact we've only lost 5 in total so far and only 1 of those was by more than 1 goal. No-one has outplayed us.
Cahill coming back has obviously made a difference but we have far more quality in midfield in general now. I won't get over-excited by Saturday's result in its own right but if we continue to be consistent and add a couple of players in January I think this could be our most succesful season in a long while.
Steve Jones, Posted 26/11/2007 at 13:23:58
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1 Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:28:48
2 Posted 26/11/2007 at 15:25:26
3 Posted 26/11/2007 at 16:18:26
4 Posted 26/11/2007 at 16:42:26
I’ve got high hopes for this side, but the bar has been raised and we still sit in 8th. Portsmouth, Villa, Man City, Blackburn, they’re all playing better than last season so we need to keep the pressure on. 7-1 didn’t look as good when I saw that Pompey and Villa had both won easily.
Excellent effort from everyone to keep this run going, long may it continue.
5 Posted 26/11/2007 at 18:43:47
The table shows that we are struggling to break into the top 6. The only thing we can say, is that we?re a top 10 finish guaranteed this season, but whereabouts? I would love another Uefa Cup qualification - two seasons running IS the sign of progress as far as I?m concerned. And as it stands, we?re a small way short of that. We need a good run in.
6 Posted 26/11/2007 at 19:03:49
7 Posted 26/11/2007 at 22:33:33
We’re only 3 points behind Pompey and 4 behind the RS, hardly struggling Jeremy.
A good result against Pompey away would be a draw, and if we can nick it we’ll go above them. As long as we keep picking up points and not losing games we’ll be up there come the end of the season. Admittedly its a tougher league this year as so many teams have strengthened; but I firmly believe we’re a better team, and a better squad than Portsmouth, Blackburn, Villa and Man City. We’re the only one of those 4, 5 if you include us thats in Europe, but I see no reason why we should fall behind or struggle to keep with them over the course of a season. Our biggest threat is probably the African Nations in January - though Portsmouth will lose a few first team players as well.
Lets hope Nigeria and South African get knocked out early!