The Most Important 12 Games Of The Season – By Cliff
Brucey, God love him, calls this part “the tickly bit”, the fixtures this weekend are as follows.
Blues v Cardiff City(1st v 6th)
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland (2nd v 4th)
Derby County v Colchester United (3rd v 10th)
Preston North End v Southampton (7th v 5th)
Remarkably if Wolves were to win and the results went their way they would be in the top six, that would be a superb achievement for them considering the lack of investment in the club. I think the top six now will be chosen from the current top eight teams.
Let’s look at the positive and say the results 100% go our way, we won, WBA and Sunderland drew, Derby lost and Preston v Southampton was also a draw. By my reckoning we would be three points clear and still have a game in hand on everyone except Derby. Let us pray!
Derby are due a bad run, let’s hope their current indifferent form continues and they come to St Andrews to be battered. The national press seem to be stirring things up with certain stories saying Bruce has dismissed the threat of Cardiff’s Michael Chopra, is this journalism simply meant to antagonise our opponents? I am fairly sure Bruce would not say such a thing having seen how certain Villa players comments have fired his team up in the past
While I was watching the game against Leeds my mind struggled to stay on the game and I started thinking about this league. I have asked this before, but is it an easier league to get out of nowadays or harder? I only ask because when TF was manager (and to a lesser degree BF) we seemed to play better football but not be quite good enough. I know towards the end of his reign it was poor but generally I do not remember being quite so bored during games.
I am not starting a dig at Bruce or anything but no-one could argue we play exciting football, maybe that’s the way you get up in this league. I think we would all settle for a poor season in terms of football displays that ends in promotion wouldn’t we? I remain to be 100% convinced we will go up but you cannot argue that we are top of the league and it’s in our hands to blow it. The simple fact is that if we won all our remaining games we would go up, is that so unlikely? There are only 12 games to go, we could easily remain unbeaten so why not win them all?
When all is said and done we should at least make the play-offs, as everyone knows luck then plays a massive part. I think it would be harsh on us to be in play-offs as we have been in the top 2 most the season, Bruce deserves praise for that. The fans (me included) have moaned about the guy, criticised and scrutinised every decision, complained about the players and tactics but he keeps going, and for that alone he deserves backing for the most important 12 games of the season.
He is not maybe the best manager in terms of tactics, maybe everyone is slightly bored but I think overall he has not done too bad a job. We have a massive chance now of getting back up, I think by the end of March if we were still top I would be delighted looking at the fixtures.
We must beat Cardiff this Sunday and follow that with all the points against Derby, I for one would love to see a full house and a massive roar behind the team. I beg all the stay away supporters to dig deep, yes it’s a lot of money but the club need your help, the players need your help, most of all the other fans need your help.
I would hate us to fail now, I would feel even worse if we failed in a half empty stadium with no atmosphere, it would be almost unbearable to then fill the ground for the first leg of a play off game! We all know the atmosphere would be great for that, let’s treat the last six home games in the same way.
Blues 2 – Cardiff 1