The prize of three points today is to go eighth. That would have been almost unthinkable even three weeks ago. It’s a measure of how far Zola has taken this team that a semi permanent top half position is within our grasp if we win our next two home games.
With the exception of Bellamy, Zola will undoubtedly name an unchanged side against Fulham. As I have said, I’d like to see Freddie Sears come in but I predict he will start with Diego Tristan.
The key to this game, I feel, will be central midfield. Jimmy Bullard isn’t playing so that is a help to us. I’m looking for a top class performance from Scott Parker in particular.
I hope the crowd make a lot of noise today. In circumstances likes these a team can do one of two things – withdraw into itself or come out fighting. The crowd can ensure the latter happens.
I’ll be in Ken’s Cafe from 12.15. If you’re there too, say hello!