Champions League - dare we dream yet?
It's becoming difficult to think of a decent opening paragraph for this now as this season is just getting ridiculous - not the usual 'Newcastle United ridiculous' where we end up imploding or have our own team fighting amongst each other but 'ridiculous' in the sense that we are upsetting the usual top 5 gravy train on a consistent basis.
There are people far more qualified that me who are able to assess how far we've come in the past few years. I am merely one person who pays Mr. Ashley for the privilege of sitting in the same seat 19 times per season. I have to say it's been worth every penny, even the defeats against Chelsea and WBA are relatively minor given what else we've witnessed at the Palace of the Absurd. I don't want the season to end; we've only got one more home game left now and given our run of form at the moment you wouldn't bet against us picking up something from Man City. On Saturday, we witnessed a team full of confidence and with plenty to spare. As the weeks go by, Hatem Ben Arfa is becoming more of a joy to watch than I can put into words. There was one moment of beauty where he managed to trap a cross field ball from Tiote which resulted in an audible gasp from those present. Unbelievable tekkers. The way in which he skinned Stoke's fullback (no, I don't know his name either) was superb and the ball in for the goal was inch perfect. However, not quite as good as Mr. Cabaye's through ball for Cisse's goal. It was the perfect pass, no other way of describing it (I really am struggling here) and the anticipation of Cisse to read it was something special as well. And the finish? Pure instinct. You either got it, or you don't - and thankfully Demba 2 has got it in abundance. The build up play was excellent for the Dreamboat's second goal as well; neat pass after neat pass before the ball bobbled to Cabaye and he curled and effort into the bottom corner to seal the points. Magic. I'm fairly certain I let out the most effeminate squeal you will ever hear from a "gentleman". Cabaye is thriving in this role now. He's played across the midfield at various stages this season which has resulted in a few below par performances, but when you play him in this role he is absolutely superb. An assist and two goals - what more do you want from a player over 90 minutes?
It was also very nice of QPR to do us a favour and turn over Dodgy 'Arry's floundering troops which put us in the driving seat for a Champions League place. We've got some very, very difficult games coming up and on paper (I love a cliché) they have an easier run in. A win over Wigan at the weekend would heap the pressure on them as it would put us 6 points clear as they don't play until Sunday. That could give us a psychological advantage. However, Wigan will be no pushover given their recent run of results. I'm going to keep playing it on a game-by-game basis.
Dust off those passports though boys and girls.