Date: 25th November 2014 at 3:51pm
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Mick McCarthy likes to do things the hard way but sometimes a helping hand is what he needs most of all.

After eighteen games Town are just one point off the automatic promotion places and they say that the Christmas period sorts out the men from the boys.

If the blues can sustain this form and stay in the frame, who knows, maybe we won`t have to fight it out in the play-off places after all!

Do we dare dream of something even more rewarding and that is automatic promotion?

The Sky Bet Championship is notoriously difficult to predict but a few factors could work in our favour if we can sustain this amazing run.

We have two of the best strikers in the division and if Irish internationals Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick can stay clear of injury then anything is possible.

What we may need however is a helping hand from the owner again and what greater incentive is there to take a bit of a gamble when the team is performing so well?

One defeat in fourteen matches is a remarkable achievement and surely it is about time that Mick McCarthy was rewarded for his efforts too.

When the January transfer window re-opens I would like to see owner Marcus Evans give his manager the financial backing to strengthen his squad in what is perhaps the most critical period of the season.

I would not suggest that we need to go crazy in the transfer market but we do need reinforcements and this is especially apparent in midfield and attack in my view.

Kevin Bru and Jonathan Williams have been the creative spark in midfield that we have lacked in the past and that is why without them over the next few weeks, we will have to rely on a fit Teddy Bishop and perhaps Stephen Hunt to replace them.

Whether new signings are in the form of loan deals or free transfers, wages still have to be paid and given our position in the division, there is every hope that quality players may be more willing to join us and further strengthen the prospects of a dramatic return to the Premiership at long last.

So far we have ridden the injury storm but for how long without a little help from above?


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