Taking A Break

Last updated : 08 October 2008 By Andy Beill
Five weeks ago we'd just lost 0-5 to Wigan, having been knocked out of the League Cup by Swansea days before, and were soon to miss out on signing Fraizer Campbell and instead end up with relative unknowns Daniel Cousin, Kamil Zayatte and Paul McShane.

It's already time to have another fortnight off and things feel very different. We've taken 10 points from the four games since the Wigan defeat, with the afore mentioned signings playing key roles and Campbell lining up on the losing side as bottom-of-the-league Tottenham became the latest team to be beaten on their own turf by Hull City.

I remember by the end of the last international break I was desperate to get back to league action and put that Wigan game out of my memory. Maybe this time we'll just savour our recent victories for a couple of weeks before moving on to our next challenge: West Ham.

England play Kazakhstan at Wembley and then Belarus away while the majority of our players get a well-earned rest. When I saw Fabio Capello's latest squad revealed on Match of the Day 2 last night I actually scanned through it half-expecting that a City player would be among the names on screen. I never thought I'd be doing that!

The nearest to that happening before was leaving Boothferry Park singing "Darby for England" after Duano scored two hat-tricks in one match... against Whitby Town. In reality, the likelihood of that was probably about the same as one of the current City squad making it in at this stage. For one thing, only Michael Turner, Andy Dawson, Ian Ashbee and Dean Marney of our first eleven are eligible to be picked. Who knows, by the end of the season we might manage another near-unimaginable first.

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