Failure to sign Platt and Mackail-Smith could be a blessing in disguise
As we approach the final furlong with only eight games to go let’s hope City keep up this amazing away form until the end of the season while also hopefully pulling away from Swansea and Cardiff by winning our home games.
I know there will still be some twists and turns from now onwards, but as long as we concentrate on our own game I’m sure we’ll do it, especially with the fitness levels and never-say-die attitude the team has until the final whistle. I think it could be a blessing in disguise that Coventry turned down our request for Clive Platt on loan and that Peterborough turned down our firm offer for Craig Mackail-Smith because I feel we have now got two very promising younger players in Sam Vokes and Dani Pacheco.
These two signings seem reminiscent of the last time we were promoted into the Premiership under Worthington.
At that time we brought in Svensson and McKenzie who then scored the two goals at Portman Road to take us top of the league and we never looked back.
If Vokes and Pacheco could now help us to do the same until the end of the season, they will have been a real coup and will hopefully want to join us next season. It now gives us an extra lift until the end of the season because we have a good mix of strikers to choose from which will make our bench that much stronger.
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Previously under Worthington we were always too reliant on Huckerby having a good game and unfortunately as he was often man-marked we didn’t seem to have any outlet on the right wing to be able to change a game. This was more noticeable in the Premiership.
This is where I also feel we badly suffered the last time we were promoted to the Premiership as we didn’t have a strong enough squad.
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Instead of buying an out-and-out goalscorer to replace Roberts, we left it until the last day of the transfer deadline and replaced him with the ‘Ginger Pele’. If only we had bought Dean Ashton sooner than January. We also bought Simon Charlton to replace Malky Mackay and it was obvious we weren’t going to be as commanding at the back because Charlton was too short for that position.
I feel more confident under Lambert’s leadership that if we managed to get promoted he will sign a speedy right winger in the mould of Elliott Bennett and he will also make sure we are adequately covered in every position. Especially having Crofts say that the reason he joined our great club was because of the influence of Lambert.
We now have a whole team playing as a unit and we don’t have any standout stars because individually they all appear to be playing above our expectations and therefore it will be difficult to pick a clear winner of the player of the season. If Holt continues his scoring form which brings us promotion he will get my vote because he has proved to the doubters that he can play at this level and his infectious enthusiasm as player/captain has brought the team together.
It would be an incredible achievement to get two back-to-back promotions and I would also like to see Lee Clark get promoted with Huddersfield as I think he has the same work ethic as Lambert and plays the game in a similar attacking way. I also thought we should have kept him on and let Roeder go straight away after the way he spoke to the fans at the AGM.
Finally, as a keen follower of the Academy I would like to congratulate the nine new scholars who have just joined the club and also wish the second year scholars who will not be taken on as professionals every success in their future careers.