Squeaky bum time

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Mission: Easter
Aim: Four points from six
Status: Achieved

Something, somewhere has clicked. City are now seven games unbeaten and playing reasonably well, if not wholly well. Four points were the minimum we needed from an Easter weekend, and we did that with little fuss, dispatching an out-of-form Colchester and grinding out a draw with a Brentford side mentally planning their summer holidays.

The Dunne-Harley-Sercombe fulcrum in the centre of the park is starting to pay dividends and freeing Harley up to do what he does best - probing passes and neat runs. George Friend has lent some much-needed stability at the back and Duffy is looking like the Premier League player he used to be.

So what could go wrong? Everything. This is City we're talking about here.

Remember a couple of months ago? All we had to do was beat Stockport to see us rise away from the bottom. This is Stockport, bottom club we're talking about.

We lost. 1-0. At home.

Which is why this weekend's game against Leyton Orient is massive. They're all massive, of course, but this one is like Canary Wharf next to the Oxo Tower.

Win, and we're six points ahead of a relegation rival. Draw, and we remain three points ahead, lose and we're back in the mire again. It's beyond a six pointer. It's a nine-pointer. Win this and we edge ever closer to the 50 point mark, which should see us safe.

Typically, Orient have sacked their manager before they meet us. It's something lots of teams have felt the need to do this season. And while I rate and like Russell Slade, and sincerely hope he gets off to the worst possible start.

If we beat Orient, that'll be eight games unbeaten and while our run-in isn't easy, there's enough to suppose we can pick up a point here and there that we need. Which is something I wouldn't have thought a few weeks ago.

Of course, we'll have to do it with no strikers, given all fifty-four of them have gone down with knack of sorts. Had Logie not tweaked his hamstring at Brentford, we may have even won that game. As it is, we lost shape and focus.

So, our options for Saturday are definitely Fleetwood, who has suddenly realised there's a contract on offer, Ryan Taylor, who looks raw and unfamiliar with our system, and James Norwood, who isn't the messiah. And Marcus Stewart.

Barry Corr is battling to be fit and - words well and truly eaten - is our great hope for the orient game. Unlike the other strikers he seems to have a fair idea of how to score our goal.

Barry Corr - potential City hero. Who of thought that two months ago?

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