Sunday, November 02, 2008

The only way is up

With us not playing until tomorrow night, there was always a chance we'd kick off bottom of the league, though I really didn't think it would come to that.

But then Wigan won, Stoke won and West Brom picked up a point. And with 'Arry at the 'elm at White 'Art Lane we can no longer rely on Spurs to prop us up, their 2-1 victory over the table-topping Scousers a real sickener. And then to just to wrap up a miserable weekend, Bolton beat the irritatingly inconsistent Man City at the Reebok. Clearly Richard Dunne decided it would be unfair to give one struggling side an advantage over another, and so duly put past his own 'keeper to the Trotters' delight just as he did in spectacular fashion at St James's a fortnight ago.

All of which means tomorrow's game with in-form Villa is even more vital. Win and we go 14th, above the Mackems (whose 5-0 trouncing at Stamford Bridge was our only real source of cheer); lose and we could find ourselves further adrift at the foot of the table by the time we kick off against Fulham on Sunday. One thing's for certain: Martin O'Neill's side are far more potent than West Brom were, and their forwards will be far more ruthless when it comes to exploiting defensive weaknesses. Plus, of course, James Milner will be out to prove a point. Fingers crossed he doesn't do so and we can nick all three.


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