POST PARTY NOTES!


The past weekend was, for me what could prove to be the most telling weekend of our season. We overcame adversity early on to claim our first trophy of the new decade---a couple of months into it. Winning the Carling Cup has, in the recent years had a positive impact on the club. I mean you look at the 2006 success and how it galvanised our club to reclaim the league the following season and win the Champions League the year after that. Last season, the Carling Cup, alongside the Club World Cup gave our players the momentum to go on and win the league a third time in a row and reach the final of the European Cup for the second straight season.
One can only hope that something of the sort is in store for us come May. I've always stressed the importance of introducing new players to the winning culture.
We've got Michael Owen, Mame Briam Diouf, Valencia and Obertan who need that feeling of success to be part of them. The only way that can be done is by winning trophies. It ought to mean to them that the next time they pull on the shirt, its one hundred percent commitment and trophies at the end of the day.

Whilst we were adding yet another accolade to our trophy cabinet, our title rivals Chelsea were squandering their four point advantage over us. Never has it been so wonderful to see the Bitters win. Chelsea have deliberately failed to capitalise on our mistakes this season. It gets me wondering how many points clear we would be if we didn't have the injury crisis that hit us between November and January.
Saturday now provides us with the another opportunity to pile more pressure on Chelsea. They are not in action due to their involvement in the FA Cup so we can go two points clear before they kick a ball in the league again. It's a chance we really can't afford to get past us. I hope the lads get the celebrations out of their system quick enough to prepare for a tough trip at Molenuix.

Meanwhile, it's fingers crossed that none of our lads picks up a knock on International duty. We've already suffered enough without John O'Shea.

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