So very nearly a perfect week for me, the disappointment of Newcastle United at Sheffield Wednesday being the only tarnish.
Many fans are highly critical of the performance at Hillsborough but the bigger picture is quite healthy, it really is only a matter of time before we cross the line.
Of course we would like to finish first but Brighton have been very consistent and it is a very open two horse race.
We do however seem to lack a bit of a cutting edge at the moment, Dwight Gayle has clearly still been a little bit restricted and indeed may have injured himself again on Saturday evening, with results of a scan awaited.
In the summer though Rafa will address this, of that I have no doubt, and if a certain man keeps his nose out there should be some good signings.
Of course people are pointing at certain players, indeed I myself have been guilty of that. However, Rafa clearly likes a horses for courses policy and I very much expect the likes of Gouffran, Colback etc to be plying their trade elsewhere next season, we need thoroughbreds for the premiership! I expect more Desert Orchids than seaside donkeys!
So it’s on to Leeds this Friday, a long bank holiday weekend, hopefully plenty of sunshine, three points and a quiet time for Northumbria Police!
I have no doubt that plenty ‘happy hammers’ fans will enjoy a long weekend break in Newcastle with only a short journey (West Ham play at Sunderland on Saturday) to dull things.
Leeds no doubt will bring their fair share of happy party goers, and with Easter always being busy in the town anyway, the potential for frivolity is there…
Three points would just about see us home and Leeds are suddenly very inconsistent, so I don’t see why we can’t send them home pointless.
Down the road our friends are now taking a slow walk through the shadow of death where the evil of the championship is waiting for them, it’s no cakewalk down here that’s for sure but they don’t have a Rafa to guide them through. They have an owner who seems as evil as Mike Ashley but with less cash, and a squad worth about as much Moussa Sissoko is now ( certainly not £30 million), bleak times ahead, oh yeah, for the record I predict there will be more empty seats than fans by Christmas at the SOL.
Last week I wrote that it was nice to have a choice of either openly celebrating or taking smug satisfaction at their demise, so why be critical of the lad who has raised the money to fly the banner? I say again, it’s each to their own and if the donations also means some real deserving causes also benefit then good luck!
Back to Hillsborough and it was very disappointing to see the empty seats in the front of the Leppings Lane, Sheffield Wednesday and South Yorkshire police prevented many more Newcastle fans the chance to see an away game. I have no doubt that despite the kick-off time and the presence of Sky TV we could easily have ten to twelve thousand fans there, clearly some common sense is missing with regards to the proper football fan.
Cardiff have taken the opposite approach and while it is one of the longest travels I expect the away allocation to sell out, some clubs this season have given our fans pitiful allocations and we should have reciprocated.
Anyway, enough waffle…Leeds await.
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