What an absolutely massive game that was against QPR over the weekend – a really entertaining game for the neutral, but more a nail biter for fans of both sides. I must admit that I had this game down as a 1-1 draw with both teams not wanting to risk the loss, but in the end we saw two Premier League teams going for it. It is still too early for us to say the corner has turned, but we have had two morale boosting victories. Unfortunately, Reading are now almost certainly down and now there has to be a question mark as to QPR. However, Wigan are refusing to go quietly and if they win their game in hand then that sees us back in the relegation zone.
Despite the close proximity to Wigan, I think they did us a favour in beating Newcastle as it keeps them in reach and I believe there is an amazing four points difference between us and 10th place. Sunderland are definitely reachable, and maybe even a team like Norwich might get dragged in, but I rate their manager and I think at the final whistle they will have put some distance between themselves and the surrounding pack.
I noticed that prior to the QPR match that there appeared to be a change in tact in the media, with some papers stating that Villa and QPR demonstrated the polar opposites of football. Rightly or wrongly, Villa haven’t spend the cash and are relying on the youngsters whereas QPR have spent big. I thought we had problems with our players under-performing but with QPR’s team, on paper, they should be mid-table without a doubt. I think we have had a real rollercoaster of a season, but I do genuinely think that if we survive then we have the basis of a good squad to work with.
The likes of Weimann and Benteke are being linked with every man and his dog, but IF we survive and we are able to keep both of them, surely that could be a mouthwatering proposition for next season? Bent, Ireland, Given and Dunne will all be gone at the end of the season, so it will be interesting to see who can bring in. I see that we have been linked with Sinclair and Lescott and for me they would be perfect signings. Sinclair was crazy to go to Man City and I don’t think anyone was surprised that he couldn’t break through, but that doesn’t mean he is a bad player. He was very useful for Swansea and I think he could do a job for us. Lescott, for me, would be absolutely fantastic. Yes, he goes against the current youth policy but we also need some older heads at the club, he’s a local boy and I really think we should do everything we can to try and bring him to the club.
So let’s have a look at our next fixtures: Liverpool at home, Stoke away, Fulham home and Man Utd away. Liverpool at home – wouldn’t it be great if we did the double over them this season? Personally, I don’t see it. They always seem to do it, usually with Gerrard scoring a free-kick against us. We beat them 3-0 playing poorly, I don’t see them making that mistake again. Stoke has a draw all over it and I think we can do Fulham at home. Man U? Well let’s not bother with that one. So realistically we are looking at 4 points from the next 12. Doesn’t sound too promising, does it? But it will depend on how the surrounding clubs do. I think 37 points will do it for us this season, and I do think we can reach that. I would like to think we will break that magic 40 number but we will have to wait and see.
Lets keep positive and bring on Liverpool.