It’s the Baggies away on Saturday afternoon, and just in case anyone wasn’t aware, in a slightly strange tribute to those who lost their lives at Hillsborough, kick off is at 7 minutes past 3.
A winning run until the end of the season would see us with 74 points and a club record Premiership total. Even if (when) we don’t make it, it’s still quite an achievement to get near that figure given the doom-laden clouds of confusion that have been hanging over N17 this season. The air of depression hasn’t been helped by the fact that at home our results (and performances) have been mostly average, on our travels though, of the teams below us, (let’s ignore the ones above us for fear the men in white coats will be back to take the shoelaces and belts away again), only the mighty Canaries have got the better of us, otherwise many have likely been forced to witness a variation of the Adebayor salute. (Should we all start saluting back that’ll be one hell of an about turn for a player once serenaded with songs associating his mother with the world’s oldest profession as he was carried on a stretcher around the WHL pitch).
Mind you if you think we’ve struggled at home then what about Pepe Mel’s West Brom, who are without a win since the new manager took over? Surely a side with that level of performance at home won’t be looking forward to a visit from a team with one of the best away records in the division who’ve just completed their biggest win of the season? No, probably not. Sherwood’s lightweight selection against Sunderland looked like one that could easily be knocked out of its stride, an equally powder puff display from the Rokerites combined with a dominant one from Eriksen meant that this wasn’t the case however. Whether Tim will consider that an opposition midfield containing Mulumbu and Morrison can be countered with the same approach I don’t know. Kane’s performance was energetic rather than effective until Sunderland’s heads dropped on Monday, having said that he did get the all-important second goal of course.
I’d expect maybe Chadli to move back forward and Bentaleb or Sandro to come into midfield in place of Kane. All will probably be as you were at the back and elsewhere in midfield – Eriksen coming in from the left does leave the vulnerable Rose exposed, the Dane is by far our most creative outlet however.
It’ll be a tough game I’ve no doubt but we’ve a good record there in recent years and can bag another three points. Kevin Swarbrick is down to referee. COYS.
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