OK, that's it for me. Plan ahead is the thing and the only remaining option now is to decide on the airline. Easyjet are the cheapest from Madrid and if we can consolidate our strong position in 5th that'll mean, if using last year dates as a guide can be relied upon, a Home first leg tie against whoever finishes in 4th on Sunday 11 May with the return on Wednesday 14th.
At the moment it'll be a game against West Brom, and we can only hope that Pards has a plan up his sleeve to solve that little problem, and if we get past them it's the Final on Monday May 26th. The biggest headache will, of course, be the queueing for the ticket for the Final, or finding someone to do it for you, which last time took no less 4 boring hours standing in the sun. Presumably this will be done the previous Sunday, May 18th.
As for last night's non-action, the man from the telegraph was there to see an 'depressing deadlock' as Nicky Weaver salvaged a point with three cracking saves.
The managers give their opinions on sportinglife1 while the best unbiased report is also around there on sporting life as well and talks of Wedneday being the more 'purposeful' and practically gives Weaver the MOM.
Pards was frank with his diagnosis, 'It was our character, really, that saw us through that game. That pitch was really poor and we struggled to pass it and struggled to get going at times.'
It was also disappointing to see Gray pulled off after 63 minutes and even more so to see get Kelly Youga wound up so much that he had to be subbed before he was sent off after getting a early yellow card. Three minutes after Gray left Sam was also removed and Lee Cook saw his first action since April.
The Owls site gives you more info on Youga's withdrawal and apart from 'Weavers three stunning reflex saves' talks of 'desperate defending' and 'credible shouts for a penalty'.
On the plus side, we've now only conceded 1 goal in the last four games but have not won away since Cardiff, 6 away games ago, also the day when Reid scored his last goal for us. And on current form, over the last 8, we've placed 9th - equal with Blackpool - having got just 12 points from the last 24. Saturdays visitors, Watford, however, although regaining top spot, are little better having accumulated 14 points in the same time, although, after winning just 4 games during November, December and January, the signs don't look good as they have now won their last three games, even being the first side to win at Ipswich this season.....
But if you're a determined masochist and want to heap even more pain, suffering and depression upon yourself, you might care to read, if you've missed it, what the posh_murdoch had to say about the debut of a certain 'ittle irish fella at the Stadium of Light over the weekend....And there's even a picture of that left leg in action, just to make it quite clear exactly what we are missing.
The Addicks: Weaver; Halford, McCarthy, Fortune, Youga (Semedo 45); Sam (Cook 66), ZiZi, Holland, Ambrose; Gray (Iwelumo 63), Varney.
Subs Not Used: Elliot, Sodje.
Subs Not Used: Elliot, Sodje.