Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday March 23 2009
I bet his heart pounded away with pride as his team edged out Manchester United on Saturday.
It`s true to say that we`ve come a long way since he took over and he has the gratitude of all the supporters.
But, a by-product of the win over Manchester United was that we reached that mythical 40 point mark, a mark that should see any relegation fears eased.
It was a point that Roy was pleased to pick up on in his post match interview and it also gave him a chance to get a few things off his chest when he remarked,
"Now we can start thinking about protecting a position in the top10, which would be a magnificent season for us."
"We`ve been guilty of a bit of extra caution sometimes because we wanted to reach this magical total of 40 points but I`ve never really doubted we`d do it."
"I`ve not been talking about the fear of relegation because I believe this side is more than capable of staying in the league, although it would be foolish when you`ve got only 31 or 32 points to start shouting - 'we`re OK no problem` - because that could come back to bite you."
"You`re better off keeping a low profile because the moment you start shouting from the roof-tops someone sticks something in your mouth and you start to look a bloody fool."
"But today with 40 points we can be quite confident. We`ve beaten Arsenal here, drawn with Chelsea here, beaten United, and drawn at Liverpool. If a team that can do that isn`t good enough to stay in the league I`m going to be very disappointed."
As usual Roy has spoken perfect sense and if Phil Brown (Hull City) was, earlier this season, being spoken about as 'manager of the season` then our Roy should also be mentioned in the same category.
Roy, you`re an absolute diamond!
Date:Monday March 23 2009
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