Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Another great result from what could have been a tricky game against Crystal Palace. Thankfully I was working so I got to watch a fair bit of the match and I think Palace were always going to provide a stern test but I didn’t think they created too much in the way of chances and offensively we were on the ball (literally).

It was important for us to get a win after our previous home defeat to Arsenal so to come away with not only the win but also that elusive clean sheet we’ve been holding out for was a superb result.

Whatever the Tinkerman is tinkering with is certainly working both tactically and with the team’s morale. Of course, it’s cost him the price of a few pizzas now but it’s more than worth the ‘dough’!

Once again we showed great character and a real passion for the game, which we have all season, and I think that’s setting us apart from many teams at the moment.

I was slightly disappointed with the mid-week result and our exit from the Capital One Cup. I’ve always been particularly fond of cup matches and after getting this far I would have liked to have seen us collect a bit of silverware (not that the subsequent quarter-final draw would have done us any favours!).

Having said that, Hull played really well and they deserved a good result. Ranieri took the opportunity to rest some of the first team squad and let some others show what they’re capable of, but in hindsight I wonder if the full first team could have secured us the win? However, I think Ranieri is acting wisely to keep his focus on the Premier League this season: maybe even Europe in due course or am I getting carried away now?

This weekend we’re going to The Hawthorns. Some pundits might even see us as the favourites since West Brom have had a mixed season so far and it gives us a great opportunity to put some more points on the board. Tony Pulis is never an easy opponent though, so we need to keep our wits about us and be ready to unleash that Foxes fighting spirit.

I always say that a point away from home is a good result and a win at home, so I’d be happy with that; although another win would be outstanding, especially if it involved our second clean sheet!

If we can keep the momentum going up to Christmas then we would be in a great position and I think it is a real possibility that come 2016 we could be looking at the best Premier League finish we’ve ever had – 8th was the highest when I was playing – so I’m keen to see if we can push ourselves up those few extra places and put ourselves in contention for Europe.

Here’s hoping that West Brom don’t put a thorn in our side and everything continues to plan.

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