Still in our hands

Roy Keane said it to the press. I said it in a text to a disconsolate Pete Sixsmith on his way home from Colchester. And not even today’s awful result from Molineux – Birmingham grabbing top spot back after coming from behind and surviving an injury time penalty to win 3-2 – changes it.Huddle

Whether we go up in one of the two automatic promotion places is still in the hands of the huddle to my left.

If we beat Burnley at the Stadium of Light on Friday night, and Luton away on the last day of the season, we are up. Simple as that.

Those are six points we must make ours, never mind results elsewhere, never mind pinning hopes on the likes of Palace, Sheff Wed to do the job for us.

Keano has done an exceptional job in hauling us from near the bottom to the brink of promotion and even the championship. We just need him now to motivate and inspire the squad to make one last determined effort to win us the prize their combined achievements merit.

Get behind the Lads on Friday and again at Luton. Do that usual trick of sucking the ball into the net at one end and blowing it out of harm’s way at the other.

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6 Responses to “Still in our hands” Subscribe

  1. Colin Randall April 23, 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    Pete’s comment has disappeared from here, to reappear above as a proper guest column. That’s his promotion settled; what about ours now?

  2. Joan Dawson April 23, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    I was worried before the Colchester game, not through intuition, just a look at their home form. From what Pete said the players are tired – not surprising when we consider what they’ve achieved this season, especially over the tough Easter weekend. But I think this is a blip, we’ll win the next 2 games and be promoted. No worries.

  3. John Penman April 23, 2007 at 7:50 pm #

    If we can just lift it for 2 more games I am also confident we can make it.I have great faith that Keano will be able to put Saturday’s setback behind us and have the players mentally and physically right for the Burnley game.
    With Luton already down and although huffing and puffing they didn’t look very inspiring against Derby on Friday.It would be hard to bear if we failed after all that the players have put in over the last 6 months.
    We won’t though.

  4. Bill Taylor April 24, 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    If the power of positive thinking can do anything, then we’re there. Pessimism? What would that be?

  5. Colin Randall April 27, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    By occasionally promoting interesting comments to guest column status – as I have just done with Joan Dawson – I hope to influence events on the field and bring us that kind of promotion, too. Fingers nervously crossed.

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