The amount of games coming up in the next month are key to the season. Last season we did well in December and that helped us mount a push for the play-offs, one that would eventually fall short. This season we have a key period and we need to make sure we push on, with the gap currently five points to the play-off positions, much more by the start of January wouldn’t be great.
Some of the teams will begin to falter, we did last season and whether Bristol City for example, and Sheffield United can maintain their form throughout the season remains to be seen. Aston Villa and Derby County both look strong but all the teams barring Wolves are well within the grasps of the chasing pack if they can have a good period of form. The chasing pack probably has a group of eight or nine teams that all feel they can get into the top six come May. Making sure you don’t get cut adrift is so important and this is the time where some teams will become exactly that. In terms of fixtures we have some favourable ones if there is anything of the sorts in this division, although every game is tough you would pick this over the one we had recently.
January is always key for teams chasing. The ability to sign a player or two in positions you need shouldn’t be understated, in fact it has cost us the last two years. Where last season we occupied a play-off position and didn’t strengthen the season before we weren’t a million miles off under Steve Evans but he wasn’t backed either. If Evans had been backed we could have chased down the likes of Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday. If we can hang in there now and even push on and progress, pushing into the top six we may have a better chance of landing some good players in the window. My prediction for the season was to end up falling just short, with the amount of change we have had and that’s the position we are in currently, there is no reason we can’t start forcing the issue again in the coming weeks.