An Easy Run-In?
By Derek J Gaffney
Tuesday 21 Apr 2009 15:28:00
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We've come to that crunch, nerve jangling time of the season again as promotions and relegations are been decided across the domestic leagues.

 

Saturday gone, saw the sad sight of Charlton Athletic been relegated to the third tier on the English leagues. A sad sight considering their recent Premier League past but a common occurrence in the modern game.

 

This is backed up by the fact that 16 of the 24 teams plying their trade in the Championship this season have previous Premier League experience, astonishing! Can you name them?

 

It is no longer about the prestige of playing in the best league on the world for the clubs, that is for the fans only. It is now firmly about the financial implications of dropping out of this league or gaining entry into this league. The sorry plight of Southampton immediately springs to mind.

 

With this in mind, the Boro have five games remaining to maintain our Premier League status, surely it’s an easier than it looks run in and we can survive with these games to play.

 

 

Arsenal (A) - Sunday April 26th

Manchester United (H) - Saturday 2nd May

Newcastle United (A) - Monday 11th May

Aston Villa (H) - Saturday 16th May

West Ham United (A) - Sunday 24th May

 

I say this because the record we have against these five teams this season shows only two defeats from seven games with those two defeats both coming at Old Trafford.

 

We have achieved three draws in these games and two wins against Aston Villa at Villa Park and at home to West Ham United in the FA Cup.

 

This has to fill the management, players and fans alike with optimism that we WILL take sufficient points to get to our target.

 

I believe our run-in is to Boro's advantage as we aren't expected to take anything from several of these fixtures, Newcastle and Hull may beg to differ.

 

We need a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) for the remainder of the season and let’s hope we are playing the Wolves of Wolverhampton next season. Come on Boro!!

 

Read Derek's blog at http://gafferssportsblog.wordpress.com

 



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