When I warned a few weeks back that we still faced a battle to stay up, the optimists scoffed. We were sitting comfortably in mid table. Reading had started winning but wouldn't keep it up. Villa were useless. QPR couldn't hope to catch us. Wigan were doomed.
Well it's looking very different now. The gap is down to six points. Reading will end up with 36 points at least. Wigan have begun their annual Great escape. Allardyce played Villa back into form and they looked decent at Arsenal.
Norwich's victory at the weekend was bad news too and whilst Newcastle's win meant Southampton lost, I would have much preferred a draw and two points lost to both teams.
Tonight's game takes on an ominous significance. Lose it, and we will be up to our shins in shit. Where is our next win coming from? Wigan at home? Remember the Capital One Fan Cup? Reading at home? Do you know our record against Reading? Southampton away? Bloody unlikely! And so it goes on.
These are dangerous times. Allardyce may have lost the plot. Please God Bale has a quiet night and we pull off an epic victory, otherwise...well remember what happened to Sheffield United during our Great Escape season?