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When did we become a defensive monster? what happened, anyone put their finger on it?
I know one of the things has been the buying of Wilson Palacios. We've been looking for midfield bite all season long...now we have it. probably means curtains for the much-loved (by some) Didier Zokora, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Ledley King's contributions have been immense; Jonathan Woodgate's health and his consistency has to be seen as the anchor of the defense.
The improvement of Michael Dawson when he's got his chance and the out of his skin performances by Benoit Assou-Ekotto which has seen him nail down the starting left back (although he still sometimes hesitates to close down at times...still, vastly improved).
We've discussed Vedran Corluka in other threads and I think he'll give Alan Hutton a serious run for the position that was his to keep before his injury
I guess Chimbonda will be on his bike in the summer now that Hutton is back and Corluka is playing well.
Just thinking out loud...
I agree with your sentiments regarding our defensive structure.
After our start to this EPL season we never had a settled side and the defensive frailties were visible for all to see, and I always thought that if we could stop the leaks at the back then we could improve in other areas of the field - now we have assured our EPL safety ( barring a catastrophic collapse ) we can now look forward to seeing a more settled side next season.
I cannot help but wonder where we would be in the EPL table if we played like we are doing now at the strt of the season - a top 6 place a definate possibility.
Oh well here's to next season!
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Hi Rambro, I agree top 6.
Harry has managed 42 points from 25 games so over the season that averages out to 64 points approx. That should be enough for top 6 or maybe with a bit of luck 4th.
Now how many points did we have in the 2 seasons under Martin Jol when we finished 5th twice?