Looking at how the fixtures are falling... after Saturday against Crystal Palace, we might be in 7th place for 6 days! That’s if my math is correct!
Three points against Palace will jump us above Wolves and Man Utd onto 36 points. Due to our wonderful Winter Break (think I will be going skiing in Aspen, Colorado... or not!) there is no-one who can stop us – except ourselves and Palace – until Wolves play Leicester later in the week!
Now I am sure many of us have been here before with Everton in the last 5 years. All we needed was a win to jump into 4th, 5th or 6th place in the Premier League but we always failed miserably! Was it down to the players or could the blame be laid squarely at the feet of our managers who could never get us to win that important game?
Now, here we are again! A win against Crystal Palace at home and we are in 7th place for at least 6 days! Unbelievable based on where we were at the end of November! But is Carlo Ancelotti the magician to wave his wand and get us to 7th place? I thought maybe I should keep my fingers away from my iPad just in case I jinx it! We shall see...
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1 Posted 04/02/2020 at 13:39:30
Shortly, Mr Ancellotti will arrange that Chinese restaurant in Southport that has raised players' spirits in the past. No good watching videos of our recent games as Mr Ancellotti, like Mr Catterick, would have told us if it was some training ground secret, wouldn't he?
2 Posted 04/02/2020 at 14:03:41
You're right though to focus on the one game versus Palace, because these... 'the next 5 games are easy and should see us with 13 points' articles are pure temptation to Murphy's Law.
One game at a time... let Ancelotti do what he does and let the others do whatever they do, then see where we are in May.
3 Posted 04/02/2020 at 14:45:52
5 Posted 04/02/2020 at 16:48:21
Seriously though, 1 game at a time is the only approach we should have now that our season is in one competition, and I think Carlo will be saying so.
My fear is that we will ultimately lose out on a couple of places due to our goal difference. We have too much to claw back against the teams around us and I can't see us getting say, a 14 goal swing with Spurs.
6 Posted 05/02/2020 at 12:09:31
Same facts as for our last home match against Newcastle, to get the win we will have to start well, be full on and focused for the full 90 mins. [or 96mins as the case may be]. I predicted on here we would beat Newcastle 2-0 ! how wrong can you be ?
But David, I can see us winning it 3-1, and you will be in 7th heaven.
7 Posted 05/02/2020 at 12:34:44
We are favored of course being at home and with Carlo slowly getting his act together we shouldn't fall at this particular hurdle as their are some toughies coming up.
8 Posted 05/02/2020 at 14:05:51
Give the manager and Mr.Brands another year together, hopefully, and we might start seeing the club moving upwards and continuing in that direction, season after season, we fans have shown, more than most fans how patient we have been,under the two above I think that patience will be rewarded and prove that patience is a virtue. One step at a time.
9 Posted 05/02/2020 at 14:20:11
We have away trips to Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Sheff U and Wolves. All teams above us. Not losing will determine where we finish, provided we can beat the teams below us at home.
Five away draws or better in these fixtures along with results against Palace, Norwich, Villa, Saints and Bournemouth
That leaves Leicester, Man U and The shite to get decent results from. We could, maybe, with other results. Be in 4th!!!
Whisper it quietly though. We don't wish to anger the footie gods or Sky/BT/Amazon prime. They don't like their top six being raided by plucky little clubs with proper stadiums. Wankers.
Are we good enough to achieve it? In my opinion NO. But the rest of the league, The shite apart is average to say the least. So why not?
10 Posted 05/02/2020 at 14:47:02
So there's a good chance we can move up, except, except, we've seen this all before.
Lets wait and see...we live in hope.
11 Posted 05/02/2020 at 15:24:32
We do have some hard games left on paper but who apart from the top 2 have really been consistent? Our central midfield has been poor this season but we have Gomes back soon, along with (and brace yourselves) a certain French misfit thats coming back into form.
So scoff if you like but our players are picking up a head of steam. Watch this space!
12 Posted 05/02/2020 at 16:16:59
It has happened so often with different managers and players. Is it more than our lack of technical and physicality that has let us down. When we talk about coach education we look at four criteria that a coach must understand - the two I have already mentioned plus social (team spirit) and psychological (what goes on between the ears).
13 Posted 05/02/2020 at 16:20:19
14 Posted 05/02/2020 at 16:53:19
No more free-hits, is what we need to strive for, its going to be a long road, but loads of heart, loads of fight, and loads of belief, is the only thing that will get us keeping right on, to borrow a phrase from the Birmingham blues!
15 Posted 05/02/2020 at 21:35:19
I'm praying that Carlo can give us the good times back, the players seem to be becoming a tight-knit unit, it was great to see them all celebrate the winner against Watford. If any set of fans deserve a bit of success, it's us Blues.
16 Posted 06/02/2020 at 12:02:04
There will be no turning point. This or worse is our lot, enjoy it.
17 Posted 06/02/2020 at 12:48:22
Now I have to say some of the failure wasn't helped by lack of funding which goes a long way into making the current RS squad or Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea who have dominated the scene for many years, but these past managers have not won anything for the Blues and many below-average players have pulled on the Royal Blue much to our dismay.
Every new manager is viewed somewhat as a Messiah in the beginning but that title quickly disappears after the first run of disappointing results.
The same can be said of Carlo who has a great track record in the past and like some players his best achievements may be behind him. Nevertheless, we are all hoping he can deliver something and his first couple of months are showing signs despite the cup game and the Barcodes late disaster.
Moyes has proved to be nothing more than a journeyman who has achieved nothing since his lower league Preston days.
18 Posted 06/02/2020 at 13:40:52
19 Posted 07/02/2020 at 15:52:15
20 Posted 07/02/2020 at 16:52:14
This was my concern as well, but Ancelotti has got three results in a row. Normally it's two results and a stinker as we try to push on up the table. In Newcastle, we saw firstly a more positive attacking initiative starting due to Bernard and better running from the forwards attacking space. In the Watford game, we got better quality ball in from set-pieces and the defence improve at clearing their lines.
I am sure that Ancelotti will be working on the midfield and will probably change personnel. Delph is probably out due to fitness, though he looked unfit against Watford. So change will have to take place. If you win against Crystal Palace, Ancelotti will have broken the spell!
21 Posted 07/02/2020 at 23:43:47
I'm already starting to feel depressed. May as well just lump it up to Calvert-Lewin!!
23 Posted 08/02/2020 at 15:26:20
I should have put some money on it!
24 Posted 08/02/2020 at 16:36:07
We are sitting pretty in 7th place for a few days! Maybe, just maybe, Carlo does have the magic touch!
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