A solid point away at West Brom was my judgement from last Saturday whilst of course I am now desperate to see another City victory.
It's now four games since Norwich City won in the league which is a bit concerning. Having said that most City fans would have taken a point before the start of the game.
West Brom have strength in depth and posses proven firepower so to equalise from a goal down was worthy of praise. The defence and keeper put in a great shift to restrict Albion to one goal. We will consider the result a success if three points are secured tonight at home to Birmingham.
Jordan Rhodes scored in the last game with a typical run and cool finish which we all know he is capable of. He has said he is happy at the club and for me he is someone I would most definitely like to see signed permanently.
Jordan has been superb from start to finish whilst on loan. I do feel sorry for him not getting enough pitch time. A reluctantance to play two up front and with the impressive Teemu Pukki producing the goods up front, Rhodes has to either impress in cup games, cover injuries or late substitution appearances. He is really appreciated by the fans and always says the right stuff in interviews to drive home the team game attitude.
The players attitude on Friday will be regarding the potential advantage to the club by gaining get three points a little earlier than usual. If we can produce a victory against tough appoinents in Birmingham, who are moving in the right direction, hopefully the pressure will be with the sides playing catch up 24 hours larer.
Having not won in recent games there are rumblings in the City about making selection changes based on recent performances. There is debate about the best centre half combinations as all four, Hanley, Zimmerman, Klose and Godfrey are fit and available for the first time in ages. Some suggest that Ben Godfrey could play as a holding midfielder.
Does the attacking benefits of Vrancic outweigh his defensive weaknesses and can Jordan Rhodes be accommodated into the starting line up? Kenny McLean set up the equaliser from the bench against WBA having returned from long term injury and could come in for Cantwell who looks like he might need a rest to recharge the batteries.
I am predicting a 2-0 home victory to get the wheels well and truly back on the promotion road.