|Title Race: IN OUR HANDS.|
Written by Uwes_Grandad on Tuesday, 29th Apr 2014 21:44
I keep forgetting what year it is.
Sunday was a carbon copy of the run up to the finale of the 2011/2012 season. We're away at some bottom half of the table club, and crucially, a fellow title contender seems to just (literally) slip up, and gives us the incentive in the title race.
I would've given the world to have been at Selhurst Park, videos on YouTube made the atmosphere look immense. Some of the lads I know managed to go, and they spoke to me on Monday morning with a mouth drier than the Sahara Desert.
But why does it seem to fall at our feet? Could it really be our "Together" and "Fight 'till the end" philosophy that has rewarded us with the chance to win it? Is it the experience in the squad?
God knows. All I know is, I'm not arsed how we've got the chance to win it, it's just THAT we've got the chance to do it OURSELVES.
I'm not selling my season ticket for the West Ham game, if it comes down to the final day, which I guarantee it will. I'll be there, as I was for Sergio's goal against QPR, cheering on the Blues from the Colin Bell Stand.
From the start of this season I've seemed to be able to accurately predict what the future holds for all the teams at the top of the table. Not so much the bottom, it's a lot less predictable.
I foresaw the downfall of Arsenal, due to the lack of depth in the squad, and the lack of a world class striker which would hugely impact their season, which it has.
Furthermore, I foresaw the lack of mental willpower from Liverpool to successfully manage a title challenge. Listen, Liverpool have players with bags of talent, I know, but their young age and lack of experience, has, in my view, cost them the incentive for the title.
Amazingly though, they managed to sustain it until about now, where they've gone off course a little. It's not over yet though, they could still win it, but I count them out.
So what happens if we win the title then?
What's to come in the transfer window?
Will the Etihad expansion be worth it?
When will Edin Dzeko depart for Tranmere Rovers on a £24,000 transfer?
All will be answered soon.
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When Saturday Comes #9 by wessex_exile
After the complete horror-show that was U’s v Salford last Saturday, we find ourselves desperately clinging on to our away form like a drowning man to a lifebuoy…and I have no doubt Tranmere will be seriously stamping on our fingers in that regard. As a Friday night kick-off, I can look forward to the live match stream, which I was fortunately spared for the Salford game (it sounded bad enough). Swings and roundabouts though, if this hadn’t been rearranged to a Friday night, I may well have joined my Tranmere mate Chris and his family for the weekend – Prenton Park is always a good visit for an awayday, so safe travelling and good luck to [b]Durham[/b] and the rest of the U’s faithful who make the trip.
When Saturday Comes #8 by wessex_exile
I’ve gone back through my archive, and the last football match I attended before last Saturday at the County Ground was U’s at Cheltenham on 29th February 2020 (and covered in LfW11) – In other words a 574 day wait. Others have mentioned about finding other things to do, losing their love for live football, things like that, and certainly my bank balance has appreciated the break from costly awaydays for the best (worst) part of 18 months. If I’m honest, I was slightly worried that I would go the same way, that the attraction would fade after so long, but I needn’t have been. As a result, it’ll be a slightly different format to this [i]When Saturday Comes[/i] blog.
When Saturday Comes #7 by wessex_exile
Well that didn’t go as planned at all – after a stirring battling performance full of grit, character and togetherness with the small band of travelling supporters at Barrow, the U’s then finally returned back to the JobServe and completely failed to turn up against bogey side Crawley. They weren’t the only ones either, Hayden Mullins was absent as well, and we have since learned he has Covid-19 and will also miss tomorrow’s game at Swindon too – I know we all wish Hayden a speedy recovery. Fortunately, I won’t be missing the match, with tickets arriving last weekend – first live game for best part of 18 months, and I can’t bloody wait!
When Saturday Comes #6 by wessex_exile
After over a month of absence, the U’s finally make a welcome return to the JobServe for a home league fixture. Sutton seem to have quickly got over their Covid-19/ injury crisis/ international call-up woes, fielding a team the following Tuesday that was strong enough to push Cardiff City hard in a narrow 3-2 defeat to the Championship side. But enough of that, I haven’t seen the outcome of the EFL investigation, but I don’t doubt the decision has either already been or will be rubber-stamped. Gamesmanship – maybe, but I hope at least the EFL are now a bit more alert to the fact that some might think they can treat them like chumps when it suits their purpose? Still – it’s great to be back home isn’t it!
When Saturday Comes #5 by wessex_exile
“[i]Well, I can tell u my son was stood nearer the back of the Holker Street end and although he couldn't see who was responsible, he was disgusted and was very clear in telling me that the 'N' word was used by someone stood directly behind the goal nearer the front. I'm sick of hearing this, no one but the player being abused heard anything so maybe he was mistaken crap. This shite still exists despite everything that the authorities try to do because unfortunately there are still racists in every, city, town, village and hamlet in this country. [SwearFilter] scum of the earth.[/i]”