Another Level

Last updated : 12 November 2005 By Clive Jones
The thing that surprises me is that most City supporters don't seem to realise that survival in the higher division is what this season is all about.

Peter Taylor warned all of you not to expect too much but after walking through League One, the euphoria just seemd to get the better of everyone.

However, despite three defeats on the bounce, I can see a vast improvement in the quality of the play. The task now is to take that play to the next level.

When lower league players step up a class, the very first thing they have to learn is that every team will allow you to play in areas of the pitch where you can't hurt them. That means anything that is 30 yards away from their own goal.

It's a different story when it comes to the danger area. Suddenly the opportunities have to be hard earned. Against Reading at home recently, City took a long time to even earn the right to even kick the ball. But against Watford the penny finally dropped in the second half that tempo is the way that they will get at the opposition this season.

Trying to outpass them is a forlorn task I'm afraid because established Championship clubs are just better at it than the Tigers.

The "up and at 'em" policy will bring enough points, come the end of the season, to enable relegation to be put to one side. However, if it comes to 'tick-tak-toe' triangular keep ball, look at the trap door because that's what faces the team.

Will the likes of Brown, Fagan, Burgess, Barmby, Elloitt and even Paynter, score enough goals to stave off the drop? Probably not. All of which means that the midfield will have to chip in as well and by the way, goals from the central defenders from set plays will also help the cause.

The moral of the tale is very simple. Only if everyone contributes will the Tigers find a route to safety. So, get up and at 'em boys and give it a real dig.

As Corporal Jones used to say "They don't like it up 'em."