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DaveAV1 last won the day on April 30 2017

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  1. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Maybe I got the wrong game. I stand corrected.
  2. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    I read your earlier post stating how poor we have been away against the other top 6 sides, which is the point I have being trying to make. You make a good point though, that we don’t have to play any of them away again, so that’s a big plus. So you are absolutely right, those three home games you mention above are vital. Preston are up to 7th and took us apart at their place, Tuesday is a big game now. Not that any of them aren’t.
  3. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    I’m not sure to be honest, but we did give them a good hiding I know that! It’s the most important part of the season we are entering and because of our bad start, we don’t have much room for manoeuvre. What really worries me is that most teams, probably with the exception of Wolves this season, have good and bad runs. We’ve just had a great run which has ended, we need to start the next good run on Tuesday as we can’t really afford a bad run now.
  4. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Look I’m not trying to knock us, but for me it’s a concern. We’ve had a good run, my fear is that because our season started badly we have little wiggle room and therefore we need to beat teams around us, which generally we don’t have a great record against. Hopefully today was a blip and we hammer Preston on Tuesday.
  5. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    You’re right. The teams to play at the business end of the season are those with nothing to play for. To be fair there aren’t many teams in that bracket. Most are either in with a hope of a play off place, or desperate not to be dragged I not a relegation battle.
  6. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Bristol City are the only team in the top 7 that we have beaten. I have to say that for me that is a real concern. If we continue with the poor results against those teams we have a big problem. For one that will mean we are unlikely to finish second, and that will mean we will have to beat, two of those teams to get promoted. I wasn’t having a dig, but those are the facts and can’t be ignored.
  7. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Remind you of anyone?
  8. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Well that might have knocked a bit of euphoria out of us, but looking at the bigger picture, coming off the back of a seven match winning run we can’t really moan, it was going to happen sometime. It also has to be remembered that Fulham are on a very good streak and we’re at home. It’s how we respond now that counts. Last season we had good runs of wins and then disturbing runs of losses. We can’t afford to do that this season. The concerns for me are two fold. Firstly whilst the recent results have been excellent, the performances in some of the games were pretty average and those games could have ended differently. Secondly our results against the better teams in this division are still decidedly poor. Aside from Bristol City I don’t think we have beaten any of our promotion rivals. To add some balance, I do believe we’re a stronger unit than we were last season and in the first half of this season. The squad appears to be more resilient and knows how to win games. So Tuesday is very important. Do we react positively and dismiss today’s result as a mere bump in the road, or react poorly and go on a bad run as we have in the not too distant past? Possibly a season defining moment, hopefully in the right way.
  9. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    Albert was carrying a knock in the Blues game, well reported. I don’t know about Grealish but I’m pretty sure Bruce wouldn’t have left him out.
  10. Match Thread: Fulham v Villa

    I think Elmo was injured.
  11. Steve Bruce

    No there was no animosity to Ron. We used to sing, to the tune of the British Airways advert at the time, (We’ll take good care of you), “You must be f@cking mad, Saunders, Saunders”. I even think he appreciated it .
  12. Ratings & Reactions: Villa v sha

    Is that you Ron?
  13. Steve Bruce

    I was quick to criticise, so I am happy to praise him, now that he has earned it. There’s a long way to go, but he has now certainly got us on the right track. What I think he particularly needs praise for is the way he has brought on Jack Grealish. His improvement in many aspects of the game has been remarkable. I used to moan that he never came off the pitch having given his all, that is no longer the case. He tackles back, puts a huge amount of effort in and contributes all over the pitch. I think perhaps SB has become a bit of a father figure to him, not taking away how important his own Dad is to him. Whatever he’s done, he has certainly got the best out of him.
  14. 17/18 Promotion Charge

    Blues entered three competitions at the start of the season. Beat us at home, beat us away and stay up. Hopefully they’ll only be entering one competition next season. Small Heath, small club, small time all round.
  15. Steve Bruce

    Like everyone else, I’m delighted with the latest run of results and it does feel like a turn around. However the general attitude on here that we are now on a march towards inevitable promotion, is a dangerous one. We have 16 games to go at the squeaky bumb end of the season. I’m happy with our team spirit and the obvious confidence that we have developed recently and hope that that will continue. Never the less some of those games were far from comfortable and Johnstone has been on man of the match form in a significant number of games this season. Hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from now on, especially tomorrow. But this is a tough division and it can turn round the other way as quickly as it turned the right way. UTV!!