I would first of course like to welcome the directors, management, players and fans of Queens Park Rangers to Selhurst Park.
Despite the disappointment of the FA Cup exit to Liverpool last month, it means that myself, the players, management and yourselves as fans have had a chance to catch our breath with an absence of league action last weekend, meaning these notes are coming to you from high up in the Swiss mountains which has given me the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past few months.
It's been a non-stop start to 2015 for this football club, with today being our 13th game since New Year's Day and we've only just got into March! Throw in the transfer window and all the work we did there, plus Alan's arrival as manager, and once again things haven't been dull.
Despite the mayhem, we've come out of the past couple of months in a much better shape than we entered them. I'm delighted with the start Alan has made as manager, he has been collecting plenty of points whilst playing a more expansive brand of attacking football that we've all enjoyed watching.
I've also been pleased with the strengthening of the squad we did in January, and we've particularly been reaping the rewards recently. No matter who has started up top, be it Dwight, Marouane and Yaya, Fraizer or Glenn, they've all managed to find the back of the net when needed.
I was delighted for Glenn to score twice against West Ham United, he's worked hard to get fit after that horrendous knee injury and has shown great determination to hang in there and be a Premier League player, so I was as pleased as anyone inside Upton Park when we won there a fortnight ago. I think Glenn's last two performances vindicate the decision for him to go on loan earlier in the season.
After the effort that has been put in over recent weeks, it was another fantastic performance against Southampton. We came incredibly close to winning and defeat was harsh after an excellent second half performance. For the first time in that game injuries and suspensions cost us as we didn’t have the personnel to rest anyone, but the 10 days rest since then has allowed one or two to recover.
Our opponents came up through the play-offs last season and are doing everything they can to maintain their place in this division, and are currently experiencing all the same emotions that we went through last year. I wish them all the best in their quest to stay up, just not tomorrow afternoon!
I’ve had a wonderful week in Switzerland but there’s absolutely nowhere in the world I would rather be than here in SE25. Let's hope we can take another step toward retaining our status and see how high we can finish.
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