Dec 15th, 2010 by 'holic
Forgive me if I misread the mood in the drinks, but I think it is swinging from deep soul-searching in the aftermath of Monday’s defeat, to a realisation that if we really decide to put a marker down, starting Saturday, we can still take advantage of the fact that we are in second place, just two points off the top.
That must be the approach of everybody connected with the club, surely? We have 21 Premiership fixtures remaining. Realistically we can only afford to lose one or two, even in a season where every club that hits the summit seems destined to throw it away almost immediately. More importantly we have to stop the leaking of points at home. Eleven matches remain at the Grove, and the target has to be to win them all, starting this weekend.
The bloke who programmes the fixture computer must have a warped sense of humour. A week before the ultimate festival of peace and goodwill to all men he has managed to land us a meeting with the high priests of anti-football. The irony is not lost on anyone, I suspect. Instead of a visit of the wise men bearing gifts we are bound to invite into our home the middle-aged man in a baseball cap and the members of his squad he is yet to attack as they shower.
For those interested in statistics, Ryan Shawcross will be making his twentieth start of the season on the same day Aaron Ramsey hopes to make his second appearance for Nottingham Forest after the former shattered Rambo’s leg with a ‘He’s not that kind of player’ challenge at the Britannia Colliseum in February. At least his inclusion should ensure a level of vocal support the side are more used to on their travels these days.
I’ll be back with a preview on Friday evening, when the ‘holic pound may be drawn to a bet on how many minutes the ball spends in Rory Delap’s hands?
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