Itís in our hands - 11/04/2003

Iíve been out of the country for the last couple of weeks, and it was great to hear that weíd got another three points when Man City came to the Reebok. Other teams are still picking up results and weíre by no means out of the water, but itís down to us and Iím confident weíll survive.

Iíve 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 Ė safe from relegation, but little chance of Europe. On Saturday at Stamford Bridge itís going to be quite the opposite. I know that Gavin Peacock fancies a home win, and although weíre in a great run of form, playing Chelsea on their own patch will be more than tough. Theyíre busting a gut to get Champions League football and Iíd be more than happy to settle for a draw.

A player whoís really caught the eye is Florent Laville, I bet Samís doing all he can to turn the loan move from Lyon into a permanent contract. Heís brought a lot to the club, he reads the game so well and itís no coincidence that heís the one whoís breaking up moves. Samís had to bring in the loan players as thereís simply no money for transfer fees. The Chairmanís stated that itís a similar story for next season Ė even if we stay in the Premiership, but if thereís one transfer to be had, itíll be Laville. We havenít 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 itís West Ham at home and what a game that promises to be. Like us, theyíve done very well over recent weeks and itíll be a mammoth battle. Itís a classic six-pointer and if we can get the points in the bag itíll set us in very good stead. Looking around us though, I think Birmingham could be the team to drop. Unlike West Ham and ourselves theyíve stopped picking up points and itís 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 Ė heís a great motivator and letís face it, although theyíve lost a lot of players, theyíve still got a quality side.

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