Last Saturday was the polar opposite to events at St Andrew’s; thankfully it was us who had the game under control from early doors this time to see out an excellent win, writes Steve Walmsley.
All our players were very good but Kieran Lee made such a difference in midfield, Caolan Lavery was a livewire and Jeremy Helan was back to his best. If anything, Helan surpassed that on Tuesday against QPR to be the supernova in a a star-spangled show from everyone.
Harry’s expensively assembled side looked as if they thought they just needed to turn up and we would roll over - nothing could have been further from the truth.
The first 30 minutes were pretty tight but after the penalty and sending-off, QPR wilted under the pressure we applied and could easily have been four down at half-time. Once we got the second we just waited to pick them off and we did.
Yes, the sending-off was marginal but it balanced out what happened at Wigan and I am sure we would have won 1-0 if they had retained 11 men.
With 10 games left and 45 points in the bag, it is our best Championship position at this stage since 2006-7 when we had 48 points from 36 games.
Safety isn’t mathematically assured yet,though, and it won’t be at the 50-point mark, but I can’t see any team going down with 50 or more this season and probably fewer (48?) will be needed.
Our ambitions should be higher than just saying up. though,
The play-offs are a reach too far but 60 points and being top dog in Yorkshire are achievable - that would do nicely. A good result tomorrow would be a great contribution!