One win in fourteen was awful, but two wins in two would be amazing. We can dream, can’t we?
The QPR defeat was dreadful, Yes we scored in the final minutes of the game, but it still felt like a 4-0 defeat. At home too. Thank God we got that consolation goal, though a lot of our fans didn’t get the chance to see it. I’ve never understood people walking out early, winning, losing or drawing. Even if I have to sit in a bit more traffic. I’ve seen last minute goals a-plenty over the years. We may never have been in with a shout of an equaliser, but the consolation goal was the very least the players could have given the fans…and those who’d already gone didn’t even get that!
At least we got another win against the Wolves! And Robbo’s red card has been rescinded. I know some would happily see Robbo sat on the bench, or left out of the squad altogether, but successive managers have given him 163 STARTS for our club, and they can’t ALL be wrong. Player of the Season in 13/14 in fact! That’s not to suggest I think he should start every match or – indeed – that I don’t see the merits in giving Bielik a shot ahead of him this Friday evening, but if Zola sees fit to start him, then you have to take your hat off to the 38 year old! He surely must be doing something right in training, season in, season out, and I for one can only wish I had played for Blues for one of his seasons!
Whatever happened with Robinson, we had a much improved performance at Molineux… the returning Davis and Gardner no doubt helped that, yes it was a derby but that didn’t seem to help in the home tie did it? We can only hope the win gives us the self confidence to replicate the performance on our own ground.
Our number one keeper is still Kuszczak who didn’t keep a clean sheet, but proved he could at least outperform Ikeme against Wolves. Grounds having become our most points-earning player decided to injure himself and Davis – returning from suspension – has taken his crown.
The defensive duo of Morrison and Shotton seemed to be bringing in the most points under Rowett. That’s changing now under Zola, and you can see – partly through injury yes, but perhaps through our more attacking style – that we’re also seeing our more forward players bringing in more points. Davis, Kieftenbeld and Adams showing they’re amongst our most valuable players now.
An attack of Adams and Jutkiewicz, supported by the soon-to-return Donaldson would be preferred by most of us at this time I think, having been less-than-impressed with Stewart and Sinclair thus far.
Interesting to note that Gardner has been our most effective ‘new signing’ and that we’re yet to see Frei in a winning side.
Leeds are presently in 4th, ten places ahead of us, Seventeen points better off, with a TWENTY FIVE goal superior goal difference. They have scored 22 away goals, and also conceded 22, which suggests a draw could be on the cards. If we couldn’t beat a poor Queen’s Park Rangers, then it’s difficult to see how we could beat a rampant Leeds, who are unbeaten in three, but were beaten two nil at home against Cardiff, so it’s do-able, especially if we’re playing with confidence and knowing we’re at home in front of our own fans…who are equally confident following our recent success in front of the Sky cameras.
If you’re looking for ex-Blues at Leeds, you need look no further than Kyle Bartley and Chris Wood. Both players can probably expect a warm reception, though Chris Wood will always be more fondly remembered after his goals against Nacional and Brugge in the Europa League. Zola and the lads will obviously be wary of his threat, though he didn’t score in the away win against them in August last year!
I’m going to predict a confident 2-1 win as our team finally bag back-to-back wins; considering we won 2-1 when we played them on their patch, with goals from Maghoma and Morrison! Neither player is likely to feature this time around so I’ll predict goals this time from Keita and Gardner.
A win could only bring us up into 13th, but a loss could see us sink to 17th. I really do think the players have finally realised they’ve got the potential under Zola to do better, so it’s in their hands.
Enjoy the Match and Keep Right On!