January is key to survival

I am hoping there will be no New Year hangover when we restart our Premier League campaign in 2013 into what could be a pivotal January.

I am hoping there will be no New Year hangover when we restart our Premier League campaign in 2013 into what could be a pivotal January.

The arrival of 2013 can’t come quickly enough for me with our lads still in the middle of one of the hardest consecutive runs of fixtures I think I have ever seen. By the time we kick off against Norwich on New Year’s Day, we will have taken on seven current top half teams in the table, including Arsenal (twice), Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool and Man City.

I think it is fair to say January will either be a time to make up lost ground following our tough games in November and December and help us consolidate our place for next year or might push us towards the top half and potentially secure a Europa league place.

The FA cup 3rd round also happens in the first weekend of January. It is a competition we’ve always taken seriously and have great tradition in.

The FA cup 3rd round also happens in the first weekend of January. It is a competition we’ve always taken seriously and have great tradition in. We’re due a decent cup run as we have failed to live up to our cup exploits of 05/06 where we were a part of one of the greatest finals in the history of the cup.

Our last two seasons in January have seen a good return of points. Last year in the Championship we took nine out of a possible 12 league points and in the 10/11 season, we won four and drew one in eight games. Another reason to look forward to January is the fact that the likes of Alou Diarra, Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te will all be challenging for starting places again and hopefully be able to contribute for lost time on the side lines.

You can also guarantee Big Sam will also be dabbling into the January transfer market if a player becomes available to buy or loan who he believes can have a positive effect on the club. Heading into February, there will be massive opportunities to accumulate more points and give one back to Spurs. It will be on the road where we will have to solidify but as our defence showed (before the Spurs game) we do not concede many home or away.

With a bit of luck along the way, we could be in store for a very happy New Year with hopefully more celebrations to be had during the course of 2013.

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