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  • How important do you think the City game is?
    Another win there and we're within 1 point of the current 10th place (obviously that will change over the weekend) and it drags City down.
    Vital 3 points (as will the next 33 be!)...

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    • Hey John, every game is vital now until we get over 40 points and mid table. Even then we might need to be careful as it looks like its going to be very tight this year.

      Once (or should I say if so as not to put the mockers on it!) we get to mid table there is the danger that we take our foot off the pedal cos there isnt any reason to try and get higher (my guess europe will definately be well out of reach by then) but I hope not.

      3 points this weekend should get us out of the "zone" and hopefully we will stay out. COYS!

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      • S,
        I think this one is more important than the liverpool game. Liverpool - a draw would have been good - the win was fantastic.
        But now you have to keep the momentum going and also try to drag the 'catchable' team into the same predicament. I think old Sparky will realise that if he loses this one, he's nearly in as much trouble as us - so I think he'll be going hell for leather for it.
        And from dear ol' 'arry's (enough apostrophies there to keep my old english master bemused for weeks) perspective, a lose could see us rooted firmly at the bottom again - and then he has to pick them up again (and he then doesn't have that 'new broom' factor) - so I think this is one of those season defining games. The day the team really do show they have the belief back.

        All (!) I hope for is:
        - a consistent team
        - not running scared
        - playing to win
        - no stupid red/yellow cards

        I think we can do it - aren't city one of those few teams that we tend to do well against? A good 3-2 away win would suit me - just to show we can score away from home as well (Hud, Bent and Modric)

    • personally i'd like to see more of a reserve side going into the cup games including the eufa games, give fringe players matches and blood new ones like bostock, concentrate on the league imo ;-)

    • Good point Rambro.......we dont need others to lose in order to climb out of relegation danger...........if we are good enough we'll do that of our own accord.............
      ....'IF we are good enough'....hmm who'd have thought we'd be asking that question after 11 games?
      I hate predicting scores, points tally's and anything to do with stats..........so here goes..1 point each against Citeh and Everton, 9 against Fulham and Blackburn and West Ham!

      Dont panic EY hasnt gone soft...I will change my mind tomorrow on these predictions.

    • Not a bads point prediction EY and I would be very happy with that.

      Also, I agree with berlin...if we put too much effort into winning a cup to the point where we lose players through injury and then lose points because we can't field our best team then that would be ridiculous. Play the out of favours and wannabees in the cup games and concentrate on the points.

      We can't be ambitious after the start we have had so play it sensible. Worst of both worlds is to have a couple of cup runs but get beat in the semis and then get relegated cos we didn't get enough points to stay up....no. Play safe 'Arry and wait for next season.

    • My point about attacking on all fronts is that we need to keep the momentum up. I don't think the team is at a point when we can say "we need to focus on staying up", or even "we'll be fine in the league, let's get a cup run together" (obviously with that one I mean if we were higher in the league).

      Obviously the league's the priority, but I think it's important that winning/doing well becomes habit - if we have a string of bad games now, even if they're only cup games, it'll affect the team and their mentality. I want to see all guns blazing every single game, and I want to see the team enjoying playing again, and that's why I think we need to concentrate on cups as much as league atm. I do also have that thought hanging over me that obviously in the end we'll be fine in the league (I hope...), but Europe will be a consideration and something that - short of a miracle - we're not going to get through the league.

      I don't want the team to start picking and choosing which games to make an effort for, because frankly we're not that good yet.

    • I'd go with that as well.
      I'm a 'consitency' of team/squad type person. OK, you may 'rest' one or two players in 'not so important' cup games (ie where you think you're going to win anyway - ie in an away draw in the FA Cup at the Emirates) - but if (what a dream eh?) I was manager, I'd want to be playing my best 11 in 90% of the games - and I'd expect them to give their all in each game.
      I can understand 'arry now having to repeat some of the exercises already done by Wendy, as 'arry has to get a feel for the balance and who does what well - so, a few more changes than usual over the next few games (he doesn't have a pre-season to assess them), then stabilising in December, ready for the push in (over) Chrimbo and the new year.

      The team had the belief under BMJ and worked all the fronts - so, this team can do the same under 'arry - we just won't finish that high in the league.

      Win against Zagreb, then City and again against Liverpool. Is 3 wins in 4 days toooooooo much to ask? Then the alarm clock went 'orf.......

    • Well, that throws it wide open.
      We're back in the mix with 10th position now in range (obviously depending on other results). Who would have thought this 3 weeks back?

      Where was Bale yesterday though? Didn't see him on the injured list or subs bench.

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      • I spotted Bale sitting behind Harry on the bench on MOTD2 last night. Apart from that I have no info as to why he didnt get on.

        I know we are only a couple of wins from top half but so is everyone else it seems. Its a lot tighter down there than its been for years and its anyones guess who the bottom 3 will be come May. We are only 1 point off bottom still so we must keep this great run going at least until we come up against Manure next month...if we are still going good by then we could even take points off them too.

    • Great game........have a few negatives to share....Ekotto is just not up to the job at left back.....He has made a number of errors in the last couple of games....I would much prefer to see Gunter be give a try out there....Or anyone else....
      Bentley had another poor game. Some of his crossing was just not up to par. They are the only two issue I could see.

      Bent is just pure class always new he would come good. Thudd was excellent as was Jenas for setting up the 2nd.

      Great results and great overall performances....so its all good news.


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