Last Sundayâ€™s gubbing means that we know that 15 league and at least 2 Champions League games are all that remain of the 2010/11 campaign. These season defining fixtures begin on Wednesday evening when we take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Most people hoped that at this point weâ€™d be buoyed by a new face up front, a man to finally add some sharpness to the bluntest of attacks and add a focal point to the work of the midgets in midfield. Instead, looking shaggy and unfamiliar in the new kit in pics on the official website, we will by the sounds of it be welcoming back Jonathan Woodgate to the defence. Itâ€™s a defence that needs bolstering thereâ€™s no doubt about it but itâ€™s fair to say itâ€™s not quite the season debut we were praying for.
Itâ€™s not been a good fortnight. A back injury to Bale that surely wonâ€™t be healed with one short rest, some really ropey PR surrounding the new ground with Levy and ENIC looking like playground bullies, Dawsonâ€™s public suicide on Sunday and finally the absence of a new signing up front. And I havenâ€™t mentioned the ops for Kaboul and King and the eccentric form of Gomes, Hutton and Palacios.
There have been many occasions in the last twelve months when a requirement has arisen for digging deep and the girding of loins and this is another one as the disappointment of the weekend and the failure to capture Aguero, Forlan, Llorente, Chivers, Greaves or Falco needs to be forgotten. In general, on previous occasions the players have risen to the task. The first half battering in Milan, the semi final defeat to Portsmouth and even the shambles at Bolton were all met with determined and skilful responses. More of the same is needed.
With astonishing regularity Blackburn have been alternately winning and losing in the league since we played them at WHL. Only the draw against the Hammers in December upsets the WL sequence. The good news is that theyâ€™re currently due an L. Get in!
Also in our favour we have the traditional generosity of fifth columnist Robbo in goal plus the memory of our biggest win of the season in November when even Crouch scored. Add this to an indomitable backs to the wall spirit plus no doubt a desire from everyone to get back on a winning path and we should be fine. COYS.
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