Date: 3rd March 2017 at 11:03am
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I`ll be turning up at St. Andrews tonight in hope rather than expectation. And I`m not saying that as a reflection of Gianfranco Zola, our players or the current form, I`m saying it because Leeds United have a knack of taking something away from the second city. The Whites have taken seven points from their last three trips to B9 and are looking odds on for a play-off place.

Blues` spirits will have been lifted after last Friday`s derby win at Wolves. Zola will be hoping his side can start a run but the minimum expectation from me as a fan is that Blues at least give a decent account of themselves, as good as it will be to right the wrongs of the last fixture played on home soil.

Zola`s remit will be to pick up a few wins between now and May and to earn the right to have a crack at the job next season after a summer rebuild. The owners are backing him so the fans must try to do the same. All of my hissy-fitting post QPR is out of the way. It was a horrible performance in which it appeared the players were not taking their manager or his ideas on board. But looking back at the Wolves game and listening to the post-match interviews, it seems that the player have been right behind him from day one. And Zola is perhaps not as one dimensional as we thought.

Ironically, for all the flare and invention Zola has tried to pass off on to his players, the two games we have won under his watch have been gritty and workmanlike – and you could say so un-Zola-like. Maybe the Italian is now learning that he can`t make a silk purse out of a sow`s ear – he must continue to mix it up a bit.

After attracting in excess of 20,000 for the last home game, I`m led to believe that tonight could see a similar attendance. So as always, Keep Right On!

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