There's a keeper who could be a decent possibility for us, plays for Southend. I know he's been getting rave reviews down their for a couple of seasons now and broke their clean sheet record this season. Bart is probably good enough but he doesn't completely convince me.
I have a feeling there may be a bit of a malaise around Ewood today, not from our perspective but with us in 5th place and on the cusp of the play-offs it may make them feel slightly envious and dispirited.
Although Bowyer has steadied the ship I get the impression that a lot of fans feel they should be closer to a play-off place, especially considering they have two of the best strikers in the league up front.
Is stopping another team getting into the play-offs something for their club to be buoyant about? I'm not sure. I'm not expecting them to lie down but its not exactly a cup final for them. If we can keep it level by the hour mark I can see them becoming frustrated and that could feed into our hands.
I just know that if a team came to Portman Road and we had nothing to play for, I wouldn't be too bothered if we lost. We'll see what happens.
Petr Cech only 32 but seems to have been round forever Ian Harte 37 but sure he played for Leeds about 20 years ago Sylvain Distin always strikes me as someone who should have retired a while back Jonathan Woodgate another that seems to have been around for ages. Aaron Hughes also
I don't know how many of you heard about this, but Swindon made a host of changes in their recent game at Preston. They rested most first team players and included a number of youth team players in their starting line up and lost 3-0.
They're guaranteed play-offs but can't get top two and Mk Dons were quite hacked off about this seen as they're chasing Preston for automatic promotion.
How would you feel if we were in MK Dons position? Do you think its a lack of integrity to the competition or are they within their rights?
They're all so pragmatic, tried and trusted British players immediately replace the foreign lads as soon as they're appointed and it doesn't always serve them better. I think in the Championship its important to get a mix, but British managers almost feel intimidated by any foreign player that has a bit of 'x factor'.
They go back to this rigid, grind out results idea constantly. Carles Gil is the reason I write this but its expands to a general point. He looked a real talent when he first joined Villa now all of a sudden he isn't even in the squad. Its as if we haven't a clue how to further develop these type of players.
Managers like a Hodgson get results but in major competitions they struggle because they don't have that instinct of how to change games using unique systems and allowing players to play with a real flair and freedom.