It’s in our hands - 11/04/2003
I’ve been out of the country for the last couple of weeks, and it was great to hear that we’d got another three points when Man City came to the Reebok. Other teams are still picking up results and we’re by no means out of the water, but it’s down to us and I’m confident we’ll survive.
I’ve had a look at the City match on tape and spoken about the game to a few people at the club, all in all, a good day at the office. I think that City are playing out the season – safe from relegation, but little chance of Europe. On Saturday at Stamford Bridge it’s going to be quite the opposite. I know that Gavin Peacock fancies a home win, and although we’re in a great run of form, playing Chelsea on their own patch will be more than tough. They’re busting a gut to get Champions League football and I’d be more than happy to settle for a draw.
A player who’s really caught the eye is Florent Laville, I bet Sam’s doing all he can to turn the loan move from Lyon into a permanent contract. He’s brought a lot to the club, he reads the game so well and it’s no coincidence that he’s the one who’s breaking up moves. Sam’s had to bring in the loan players as there’s simply no money for transfer fees. The Chairman’s stated that it’s a similar story for next season – even if we stay in the Premiership, but if there’s one transfer to be had, it’ll be Laville. We haven’t seen too much of Ballesta and Andre, but after having little to no time to sign players after Ricketts left in the transfer window, I know that we can be happy with our lot.
The fixture list looks very interesting, following the trip to London it’s West Ham at home and what a game that promises to be. Like us, they’ve done very well over recent weeks and it’ll be a mammoth battle. It’s a classic six-pointer and if we can get the points in the bag it’ll set us in very good stead. Looking around us though, I think Birmingham could be the team to drop. Unlike West Ham and ourselves they’ve stopped picking up points and it’s not a good time to do so. Leeds are out of trouble, although the appointment of Peter Reid may have surprised a few, it was a good bit of business by Elland Road. You know what you get with Reidy, no nonsense, no messing, no tantrums – he’s a great motivator and let’s face it, although they’ve lost a lot of players, they’ve still got a quality side.
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