WE REACHED TWO cup quarter finals this year and missed out on going further. We've talked about it before, it is turning these defeats into wins to take us on to that next level. It is obviously very disappointing, the quarter final means nothing when you look back.
On the positive side, if we go on an unbeaten run again we will be right up there. It was another disappointment against Charlton on Wednesday so we need a win on Saturday over Manchester City to salvage something from the week. We then go into the international break and it would be a good way to end the week.
MANCHESTER CITY ARE under new management following the departure of Kevin Keegan. Stuart Pearce has taken over and I think they'll have a good go. They have lost a couple of players though, Shaun Wright-Phillips is injured and Nicolas Anelka has gone, but they are still a decent outfit. At the Lane though, we fancy taking three points off them.
They can be indifferent sometimes and hopefully they will have an off-day when they play us.
I KNOW TWO of City's players from my time at Leeds who should both be playing at the Lane on Saturday - Danny Mills and Robbie Fowler.
Millsy gives it 110 per cent - whether it is always channelled in the right areas sometimes is questionable though! Only joking, he is a good lad who will continue to do well up there, but not on Saturday.
He may seem agressive on the pitch, but he is totally different to that. He is a decent lad off the pitch, a family man who is nothing like the way he sometimes comes across on the pitch.
As far as finishing goes, Robbie Fowler is the best. I trained with him up at Leeds he shoots when you are not expecting it and is excellent at first time finishing. You see the quality of him and he is a great player.
He has started scoring a few goals again, but hopefully I can keep him out on Saturday.