OK, I'm not always right. I was right about Curbishley, I was right about Ashton, I was right about Dyer, I was right about Davenport, I was right about 4-3-3, I was SOOOOOOO right about Duxbury, I was right about Jimenez, I was right about us facing a struggle against relegation this season (before the season kicked off), I was right about Villa and Tottenham pushing Liverpool and Man City hard for 4th place this season (again said before the season kicked off), I was right about how desperate our financial situation really was, I was right when I said Green lacked the all round quality to be England's World Cup keeper and I was right at half time on Saturday when I predicted somebody would be sent off. But always right? No, I am only human!
And in the case of Kovac, I think I may have been wrong. At the end of last season I asked if we really wanted to sign him permanently and admitted to being unconvinced. I didn't have strong feelings either way but felt that we had greater priorities - like another forward and two full backs, one left footed and one right. By October, I was convinced Kovac was an absurd signing. We had lost Collins and had, instead, a player who looked uncomfortable in midfield and who Zola and Clarke did not trust at centre back. Why on earth had we signed him, I asked.
Well with Diamanti bringing creative flair to the team and Parker showing more attacking intent, Kovac has come into his own. He played Bowyer so well at Upton Park that the Birmingham danger man was withdrawn, and on Saturday he anchored the midfield superbly, pressing high up the pitch and winning possession to set up the first goal.
I may yet be proved right of course, if Kovac returns to the dozy sod form he was demonstrating before Christmas but, for now at least, I owe the guy an apology. That goal against Portsmouth seems to have done wonders for his confidence and he has looked quality since. He keeps it simple which is a useful counterpoise to Diamanti and he also seems like a popular figure in the squad too.
So well done Radoslav, and if you are daft enough to look in here, I apologise!