Three points in the Bush

For journey reasons alone the likes of Reading and Saturday's opponents QPR being relegated does not help when it comes to keeping the miles down. Our recent trips to Reading have certainly been memorable but both matches at Loftus Road have proved disappointing affairs. On Saturday however, before anything else, the three points were absolutely paramount.

Shepherd's Bush is certainly an area of London where there is plenty of choice for pre-match activities and with our game kicking off a couple of hours later than the majority, it also gave us the chance to watch events unfold around the country on TV. With Cardiff already up the race for the second automatic spot went right to the wire, Steve Bruce's Hull City proving successful on the day. The play-offs will determine our
third new destination next season of course.

Meanwhile we have our own target and that began at with the first of three massive games on Saturday. We couldn't have asked for a better start to proceedings, Theo's finish once again leading to an early 'jostle'.

Striking the inside of the post later in the half was the closest we came to doubling our lead and in a game with little else to report, Chezz made an excellent late save to emphasise the thin dividing line we often hear or talk about.

Overall then, a thoroughly enjoyable day out with those three massive points in the bag.

With our next opponents enjoying a big day out at Wembley on Saturday it is impossible to know at this stage where their league season will be come Tuesday night. Whatever happens however, we must remember it is all about us and what we do on the night. Three points are simply essential and if we play to the best of our ability they are well within our grasp.

For one final time this season, at the Home of Football, we can play our part.

Come on you mighty reds!


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Frank Stubbs 8 May 2013