It’s been a really good half of the season. Unlike last season where we hovered amongst the last play off spots this has been a convincing and dominating run considering we are the newly promoted team. I had confidence in my team in being able to handle this division. However I am well aware of the shocks that this division can throw. Play offs one month, hovering near the bottom the next. I am not a complacent man. We keep this up we’ll get play offs, minimum. The players and staff know my expectations. The board don’t. I try to keep them “out of the loop” as much as possible. Can’t have any interference in my job, can I? They should stick to writing cheques and we’re all happy.
Beating Aston Villa in the Derby is always a treat. It’s a great feeling for the fans to send them home knowing that we are the best in this region. Obviously Aston Villa are a bigger club in terms of structure, history and tradition. I’m working on changing that. Now we’re in the same division we are in direct competition. It’s great and as a fan myself, an ex player, an ex captain I always love beating them. Losing to Bolton at home was poor because they are a poor team. What a decline they’ve had since their stay in the Prem. I want to win all home games as far as possible. Or at least not lose. A point against Leeds, another fallen giant was fine. QPR away was our most fortunate result yet. They pummeled us in the first half and rightly went 1-0 up but Remy’s injury ruined them. His skill was much missed and instead of worrying about them we could now open up and make them vulnerable which we did. A good win. Preston away was a mixed result. They are in good form but fell below us in League 1 so I do have regrets with that result.
Another great month. I can’t complain much about the Burnley result because we were fortunate to get back into it with an own goal. The way I see it is we played 3 promotion candidates this month (Burnley, Middlesbrough and Derby) and got 6 points. Huddersfield and Bournemouth were routine. What we’re showing is firepower up front which makes teams drop deeper to make it harder for us. If anything that plays in our hand because we get the first goal, naturally our opponents open us. With Dicko, Jacobs and Ismail on the wings we’ll run riot on the counter.
A short month. I will only delve into the Birmingham game. Another one of our local rivals. Away from home. 2-0 down at half time. Getting abuse from their fans. Humiliated. Then a stonking second half. They didn’t know what hit them.
A fine way to end a fantastic year. Goals galore in this month. Dicko has 21 goals in 24 games. Phenomenal. We start games fantastically well. What a tempo! Goals come early. Control from then on. Brighton was disappointing because we scored in the 3rd minute. Dicko again. These days only scoring 1 goal at home is poor. That shows how far we’ve come.