I don’t enjoy final-game escapes from relegation, so It feels good to be safe with a couple of games still to play. As I thought about this, following our win against Derby on Saturday, it seemed as though we had had mainly final-game escapes. But when I checked our games since we were relegated in 2011, I found that we had escaped on the final day of the season four times and had been safe before that six times. Here is a summary of where we finished in those seasons.
Craven Cottage is one of my favourite away grounds. The walk from Putney Bridge underground station to the ground has to be one of the pleasantest approaches to a football ground in this country. I enjoy going there even when we don’t win. And when we win, like we did in 2015, the game is lodged in my brain as one of my favourites.
Birmingham City scored 4 goals and lost in an incredible game yesterday. Others will write about what they did wrong but I want to say a few words on what they did right.