Now The Real Work Starts Now !
Tuesday, 9th Apr 2019 10:17
The Liverpool fixture saw the last of our games against the Big Six, now we have a run in of six games that are all winnable, the task is to win two of them, The Real Work Starts Now !
The first question to ask yourself is whose place would you rather be in ? Saints or a number of our relegation rivals, personally I don't think there is much doubt, of the five clubs who could possibly go down, six if you throw in Bournemouth as an outside bet, we have the easiest run in.
Even though both Burnley & Newcastle have 3 & 2 more points than us respectively, their run ins could be said to be tougher.
Cardiff of course look most likely having to go away to Burnley & Brighton in their next two matches and then follow that with Liverpool at home, this is a good couple of fixtures in that if they lose Cardiff will be truly in dire straits, but a draw or even a win will keep both of the other two clubs in the mix, personally I don't think we should be too concerned about where we finish in the League as long as it is out of the top three, that being the case we need to get the job done as quickly and easily as possible, that means us winning and Cardiff losing the next two matches, if that set of results happens then we are just about there.
If Cardiff don't drag us into it then Newcastle could be at risk, although they have 25 points, they have a tough set of fixtures and only five games left, Leicester A, Saints H, Brighton A, Liverpool H, Fulham A, the first four games against teams with something to play for. Although I think ultimately they will be safe.
Brighton have a game in hand, their next two games being Bournemouth at home and then Cardiff are crucial as they have the toughest of all the run ins, win them both and they are safe, lose them both and Cardiff drag them into the mix.
Burnley although on 36 aren't safe yet, they play Cardiff on Saturday, win that and it is their worries over, lose it and they will be within Cardiff's sights again and they truly have a tough four games, Chelsea A, Man City H, Everton A, and finish with Arsenal at Turf Moor, after the Cardiff game it is conceivable that they will not get another point, they have to beat Cardiff.
As I said I would rather be in our position than any of our rivals, we are the form side of the bottom half since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over, we just need to stay focused on what we need to do and bluntly that is average a point a game, something we have managed under Ralph in any given run of fixtures certainly all of which have had tougher games than the last six.
We have to guard against complacency though, having done the ground work we have to h=finish the job, as they say in golf, "Drive for show, Putt for dough" the message is simple we now need to put the ball in the hole and finish the game.
So now the real work starts, we have to get on with things and make sure that the last four months are not in vain, we have been building up to the season's finale and put ourselves into a strong position, we must make sure that we don't blow it now.
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