Derby (yes that Derby) could still do us a favour. McClaren will not want his team shown up again like they were on Friday and they, despite everything, can keep a clean sheet. Only Stockdale has kept more than Carson
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Fair enough. Out of interest, do you think you've had any luck avoiding injuries?
We finished the Derby game with our 4th choice centre back and 3rd choice right back and left back. Last year's young player of the season (Goldson) is out for the rest of this season and last year's player of the season (King Kayal) has only just got his place back in the team having been injured in the summer.
There is also the pressure of the final 10 games. Last year we won 7 with 3 draws. Our squad knows it can hang in there. Will that fitness you talk of remain for 46 games?
Whilst I think this will go to the final fixtures between the top 3, I really fear for the team left in third as the likes of Leeds could start resting their squad with a few games to go (like Hull, Wednesday & Derby did last season) meaning they are fresh for the playoffs. We were at 100% effort until The Complete And Utter Shyster blew the whistle of our 46th game last season. We had 4 players injured against Wednesday in the 1st leg of the playoffs because they'd given everything they had in the previous 46 games.
Personally not really worried about the run ins. They never go how you think and there will be some strange results for all three of us. Just hope we continue with the form that has got us to 77 pts so far. If we do we are up! All about us really!
Villa will more be concerned with avoiding broken limbs spoiling their summer holidays. Hopefully that will apply to Norwich as well.
Leeds is the trickiest of all our remaing fixtures for sure - Let's hope NSC doesn't lose its mind again if the game goes badly, we'll still be in charge of our own destiny even if we lose it.
FWIW I reckon Bristol City on Friday will not be the walkover for Huddersfield that some expect.
As Chris Hughton has previously said it's not about others, it's about us.
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We've had a few injuries, Kasey Palmer with being the main long term one. But we've got a large squad and fairly good cover.
Most people were already expecting us to have run out of steam by now, but there has been no suggestion of that in any of the recent games we've played. Wagner likes his rotation and had Mooy + Izzy on the bench yesterday before bringing them on in the 2nd half.
Long way to go yet but I'm praying we come up with you guys!
We've had our fair share too - Hogg (one of our critical players) for example was out for a lot of the hump that we just got through. Wagner is just really good at managing the players levels and minimising risk. Helps that he did a masters in biology and sports science beeeen his playing career and coaching I guess.
Kasey Palmer is another one that we've had to survive without, and Scannell and Bunn. That's three attacking support players right there, meaning that Kachunga, Brown and VLP have had to put in a massive shift. Now I think about it, Jack payne and Lolley have only just come back too!
I understand what you're saying, but I really think that we've got through the worst of it. This last 4-5 weeks have been completely brutal, and we've made it through with the gap not increasing. Bodes well for the final push.
I went to a q&a with our chairman before the game yesterday and his position was this: "make no mistake, the next ten games are potentially the most important in our clubs entore history". Seems like there is fire in the bellies with the staff.
For what it's worth, I think you'll win the league. We'll come second and Fulham will win the playoffs. That'd be an ace result.