Two players off and defeat to a late, late goal - the Leicester horror show under Pearson continues. The Foxes are now seven points behind Pearson's former club Hull, and the Tigers also have a game in hand. Much more of this and, in the words of the XTC song, the Board will soon be making plans for Nigel - showing him out of the same door that Sven was invited to use.
With Southampton's draw, Leicester are now 13 points adrift of an automatic promotion place and a massive 17 points behind ourselves. Even if we were to average just a point a game for the rest of the season, Leicester would need to collect 34 points from 17 games to catch us. And that is Sam's formula to win the title! We can, therefore, effectively dismiss pre season favourites Leicester as a threat.
The main dangers, Southampton apart, now appear to be Blackpool, Cardiff and Birmingham, with the Blues the biggest danger of those three because of their game in hand. Win that and they will be just 6 points behind us with a superior goal difference. Credit to Chris Hughton here. I didn't want him as our manager but he has done a fabulous job so far this season.
We still have a cushion at the top despite playing poorly for two months now. The hope is that Vaz Te, Morrison, Maynard and a rehabilitated Taylor will freshen us up and prompt a spurt for the finishing line. It will certainly be interesting to see how we cope without cruising Kevin Nolan!