FAN'S EYE VIEW: Blackburn victory could be steeping stone to Europe

BY MIKE McKINLEY With the international break giving us time to draw breath and clear our heads after a tremendous couple of weeks, it s time to look forward to what will hopefully be an exciting run-in. Tomorrow s trip to Blackburn looked a relegation six-pointer just a

With the international break giving us time to draw breath and clear our heads after a tremendous couple of weeks, it's time to look forward to what will hopefully be an exciting run-in.

Tomorrow's trip to Blackburn looked a relegation six-pointer just a few weeks back, only for our little burst of wins to suddenly turn it into a potential stepping-stone back into Europe.

It sounds very strange, doesn't it, after months of flirting with the bottom three and being reminded of our shocking start in every interview. But nonetheless, a win at Ewood would put us, temporarily at least, in seventh and front-runners for the final Europa Cup place.

Two points from eight games would have become 39 from the next 23, very nearly Champions League form.


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Of course, that involves some fairly substantial counting of chickens before hatching, and if there's one thing three decades of watching Spurs has taught me it's that two wins versus good teams equals dreadful defeat versus a poor team.

But even ignoring the inevitable U-turn in our recent form, you have to stand back and admire the job that Harry has done.

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I was by no means convinced by his appointment, I'll readily admit that, but he has performed above all expectations.

If nothing else, he actually saw some of the shortcomings in the side, where some past managers have seemed to have a blind-spot concerning our soft middle, for example.

And the players seem to want to play for him, which is always a huge factor in any team. Now, if he can convince them to go and battle to a result at Rovers and keep the run going, I might just start to think he's our messiah.

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