Derek Llambias's bullish patter about relegation - "It's totally inconceivable. You just couldn't go there" - notwithstanding, the fact remains that Sunday's defeat has left us in deep, deep shit. With eleven matches remaining, we're two points clear of the bottom three with the hardest run-in of all the teams around us, including games against all of the current top five. First up, tomorrow night, is our annual hiding from Manchester United. Three-nil, my brother thinks. Ever the optimist, I reckon we might get one back.
It's all a far cry from the first day of the season.