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Due to Leeds playing in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Blues have a fixture-less Saturday along with fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesborough. However, there are eight championship fixtures today – is this the weekend the gap becomes that much larger or can Blues maintain their position without playing?
I’m going to admit this straight off – I hate empty Saturdays. It’s not so much the offer of a trip to Ikea that bugs – it’s more that I hate looking at permutations and teams around us and thinking what results would suit us best. While destiny remains very much in our own hands I’d much prefer to think about Blues winning every game that they can to go for the title.
I did think about looking at Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff’s fixtures and try and figure out if it’s possible Blues could finish today with a similar points deficit to the top six but with a game in hand – but the truth is I can’t be bothered.
I don’t think I’m alone in scratching around for something to talk about either. The club have been posting pictures of training on social media ahead of the Bolton game because there is no Leeds build up to do – and I guess they need to reinforce the narrative that Blues aren’t taking their foot off the gas even though there is an empty Saturday.
I think that is interesting in itself because it shows just how seriously Blues take communication to the fans of what is happening; I’m of the certain belief that the club are mindful of how every single thing is analysed these days (by people like me for instance) and thus are careful to present stories that ensure the club is perceived to be doing the right thing.
I did note Charlie Cooper has been recalled from his loan spell at Forest Green Rovers and with the potential suspensions looming over the heads of Maikel Kieftenbeld and Stephen Gleeson I wondered for a second or two if Cooper had been recalled as another young option for the bench.
However, having checked back through their fixtures it appears young Cooper – the son of former Blues player Mark and grandson of former Blues manager Terry – was only ever an unused sub at the Gloucestershire outfit and I would guess he has been recalled because he’s not getting first team action.
The good news is the WSL season is starting soon and with that there is a whole load more fixtures to look forwards to. I’ll be covering games as I have been for the last couple of seasons – hopefully home and away, work and family commitments allowing – as Blues Ladies look to prove that they can continue to compete in the top flight with their tight-knit squad of players who have grown with the team.
Blues Ladies are holding a kit, sponsor and captain reveal on March 7 in the Legends Lounge at the club. At £15 for a beer, a balti and a chance to meet the players and manager David Parker it’s a real bargain. I’ll be there – hopefully some of you will join me in supporting them. You can read more about that event here.