Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday December 2 2007
In Svennis we trust. There's been an air of disappointment around this weekend after City's failure to see off Wigan Athletic. It certainly was immensely frustrating to see us unable to capitalise on the dream start gifted to us by the hapless Titus Bramble. But there is plenty of room for positive thinking as 'Decisive December' continues.
There are certainly areas for concern as Sven and the squad continue to build on the achievements so far, but plenty to keep on shouting about as the 'Fantastic 5000' did at the JJB Stadium. It is a measure of how far we have come since Doctor Frank arrived that we are disappointed with a draw at Wigan where we have been pasted two seasons running as well as not having moved up to only a point behind the league leaders.
If everyone associated with the club can maintain that level of expectation, then that momentum could carry us through to January with our new found objectives still intact, no matter the current limitations of the squad or the style of the wins and draws we attain. All we can ask for is 100% from the players and see where it takes us.
Four games away from the season's half way point,we now have just 12 points less than Pearce and Wigley's leadership achieved for the whole of the past two seasons.
Sure, we have not been playing that well and have continued to ride our luck on occasions, but it was a similar case for the rags for over a month this season, and they too kept picking up vital points.
Our season could have nosedived after the Chelski debacle and immense credit must go to Sven, his team and the squad for battling straight back. Unbeaten in five games since then and only having conceded goals twice, our season remains one of tremendous potential.
We should remain upbeat about our progress and focus less on the fact that we have not reached the heights of earlier performances. We remain in dreamland with an exciting young team and clearly excellent coach who is on a mission.
Now to the causes for concern.
Firstly, injuries. Again, we are looking stretched and do not have the depth of quality in certain areas needed to mount a sustained top five challenge. That's a fact and we must accept that and get behind the lads we have. The concerns should ease in the coming weeks as Johnno, Nedum and Elano will be back in action before too long.
The glaringly obvious problems are up front. A new striker is essential of course, but right now, we need some goals from the forwards. Samaras? I just do not understand it. Bloody awful again at Wigan. Bianchi? Hardly been given opportunities to shine, and City fans baying for him to appear yesterday continue to ask themselves why he is not featuring. SGE is no mug. Something's not right. Is the lad just not settling in? Mpenza meanwhile has always been injury prone and has slipped back into old habits. Bojinov's return to full fitness can not come quick enough on the current evidence.
If we are to progress in all directions this month then we need to score more goals and I am convinced they will come once this team clicks on all wavelengths again. Our team has the potential to put a good few sides in this league to the sword and it will.
Spurs losing again this weekend was very bad for them mentally and there is no reason why we can't go down there and beat them.
So roll with it Blues and keep the faith!
Date:Sunday December 2 2007
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