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Murphy's law, I suppose, that we have had to endure an International break following a derby day defeat.
More time unfortunately to mull over the events of a week last Saturday, although given the circumstances around the defeat it's very difficult to analyse the performance, there would be nothing to gain.
I tend to agree with those that state it could well be a costly three points that were lost come the end of the season. We can only hope that decisions now begin to turn in our favour and we get the run of the ball and a bit more besides over the course of the season, although somehow I doubt it!
With Chelsea up next at Stamford Bridge the man in the middle is unlikely to rule in our favour, we've seen matters turn against us too often there before, having said that I'm certain they don't look forward to playing us. Our recent record against Chelsea is good and I'd love it to continue over the next few weeks culminating with us knocking them out of the Carling Cup.
In fact, I'm reaching the stage, believe it or not, where I might just sacrifice the points in London on Saturday in favour of us winning the cup game!
Trophies are difficult to come by and I still feel we've an excellent chance of lifting that Carling Cup. We've had two favourable home draws and now a top side coming to Goodison in round four but we're still very capable of claiming the victory and I really want to see us progress in this competition.
I know league points are vital but there are plenty of other sides in this Premier League who we can take points from.
We need to approach the games against sides below us in the league in the same manner we appear to against the top four or five. On that basis we'd still finish in the top seven or eight and hopefully have enjoyed a decent cup run or two along the way.
Don't forget Carling Cup winners are still rewarded with European football and isn't that the objective we're trying to achieve at the start of every season?
It's certainly not an easy month that's for sure. Another trip to London next week with Fulham unlikely to give too much away at Craven Cottage, however I'm hoping their European exertions will have taken their toll by then and that we can take advantage.
The Premier League by the end of October will be really taking shape and it's at that stage when many make judgements and predictions regarding eventual outcomes. I feel we'll still be sitting in the lower half of that Premier League table by then but judging us over the course of October's matches may be a little harsh.
I'll take a view around the end of November, early December time and would reckon by that time we'll be comfortably placed to launch our usual second half of the season surge come January 2012!!
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