If you would have said a month or two ago that come Christmas Day we would be sat in 5th place and off the back of some very good form I wouldn’t have believed you. Thomas Christiansen has turned the ship around after it looked like it was heading for very choppy waters. A draw at Villa park means we sit in the play-off positions above Villa by a point.
The win today probably wasn’t deserved, we were lucky and Hull City were wasteful but I will take that all day long. Two clean sheets at home and two important 1-0 wins. That follows wins against Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley and Middlesbrough, with a defeat to Wolves and a draw against Aston Villa sandwiched in between those games. It has been a very good month, going by days and not calendar, and if you just go in December then it’s a bloody brilliant month so far. Burton Albion and Birmingham are coming up soon and both are winnable, but both are extremely tricky as well. Burton have won two games on the bounce including a win at Reading today and Birmingham are scrapping for their lives.
The opportunity to get into the play-off places come May is there for the taking but a few things need to happen. the form needs to carry on but just as important is a good window in January. We are light in a few areas and our bench proved that today. Lasogga came on for Kemar Roofe, Eunan O’Kane for Kalvin Phillips and Matthew Pennington for Pablo Hernandez. Apart from that there was nothing to change the game, the only two attacking players were Lasogga and Grot, simply not enough. We need players to change the game and to be fair with Saiz in the team Pablo Hernandez or Pawel Cibicki may well have been on there but we need more.
So far we have started well, so well in fact it took us to the top of the table. Then we went through one of the worst spells we’ve seen in terms of a run of results in a few years before it was turned around yet again. At the moment we are in great form and we need to keep the momentum going into the new year, starting with the next three games which are all there for the taking. If we play like today we are more than likely to struggle to win the games but we seem to play better away from home. We are now in a very similar position to what we were last season, and we didn’t buy in January, it cost us our place in the play-offs ultimately. We can’t make the same mistake again.