Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
After the 2-0 defeat against Portsmouth, our season fast needs a pick-me-up!
Speaking to the assembled media, after the game Lawrie Sanchez made some interesting points, points that suggest we can look forward with a degree of hope.
Here`s what he had to say to the assembled journalists,
"We have played a lot of tough matches recently. Now we have an important sequence coming up."
"We play Derby, Sunderland and Reading - teams we should be looking to beat - and it will show if we`re good enough."
"Every manager is under pressure but it is early days yet."
"I hate being in the bottom three but it is no extra pressure until you come to the last third of the season."
Reading between the lines I`d suggest that the next three games are a make or break period Anything less than six points out of the nine on offer could probably be considered a failure.
In fact, whilst Lawrie has a re-assuring manner, a failure to do well in the next three matches could see the pressure on him become almost unbearable, especially considering the old bottom at Christmas scenario that is trotted out every year.
However, Sanchez did make a few more good points, remarking,
"We lost 2-1 to both Arsenal and Aston Villa in our first four games and then played at Chelsea last week and got a point - and we were never out of any of those matches."
"We did well against Spurs and Manchester City too and on Sunday Portsmouth showed they are a top side, there is no doubt about that."
Admirable points indeed Lawrie but I can`t help being reminded of something Brian Clough once said after his Nottingham Forest team found themselves slipping out of the top flight.
When asked if he thought his team were in a false position, his reply made perfect sense - "The table doesn`t lie"
Is it time to show concern, are we championship bound as our most recent poll suggests?
Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
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