It was on the 18th October when we beat Barnsley 2-0 away that we went top of the Championship overtaking Norwich City and at the time we had 28 points from 13 games.
But after two successive defeats in the league last week we expected to lose top place to Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday, with Chris Hughton’s team just 2 points behind us and they had already gained 3 points on us last weekend.
But Brighton didn’t win yesterday and could only draw 0-0 at Cardiff City.
Slavisa Jokanovic – Fulham Manager beat Reading 5-0
In addition to that 3rd placed Reading, who had also gained 3 points on us last weekend, were hammered 5-0 at Craven Cottage and remain 6 points behind us.
They had Danny Williams sent off after 54 minutes but they were already losing 2-0 at the time.
If you take our superior goal difference into account we are now 7 points above third placed Reading in an automatic promotion spot.
These are the remaining five league games for this year.
Sat 10 15:00 H Birmingham Wed 14 19:45 A Wigan Athletic Sat 17 15:00 A Burton Albion Mon 26 19:45 H Sheffield Wed Fri 30 19:45 H Nottm Forest
So if we can win those five games we will be in very good shape in the league at the start of 2017.
That final game of the year against Nottingham Forest should be an interesting one – wonder who the referee will be for that one?
And note we have three home games and two games on the road at Burton and Wigan who are both in the bottom six in the league table.
Given what’s happened this season that tells us those two games are potential banana skins, but we must go all out to win all five games.
If we can do that things will be very good going into the new year.