In short, as great as victories over Reading might be, they will count for little if they aren’t backed up with more of the same. And a winning mentality? That’s the ethos that we need to rediscover as a football club.
For too many years we have shrugged our shoulders at failure, been apathetic to decline and rarely held our ineptitude to account.
Equally, when we have had an opportunity to progress, in the Martin O’Neill Era for instance, we flippantly squandered our chance.
Perhaps for the first time we have a single minded owner, who at the very least it might be hoped will rub some of his optimism and ambition off onto the players.
Fulham might just appear like another run of the mill Championship fixture, but as mentioned above, it carries importance to us.
Suddenly we can reach the dizzying heights of 12th assuming results go our favour. All it takes is a win.
As has been pointed out widely in social media, press and fan chatter in general, we are remarkably only 6 points from the playoff spots.
That tells us a great deal about the consistency within the division, but also that all isn’t lost by a long distance. There’s something to be fought for.
Whilst I think it’s reasonable to suggest that Norwich & Newcastle are now fully into their strides, there is no “third” challenger that stands out. Brighton are a mainstay at the top end of The Championship, but early season pace-setters Huddersfield are now fading.
Fulham currently sit 11th & are unbeaten in their last six games on the road. That translates into no defeats away this season.
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