Very true that. And he was being criticised at the start of the season he took over too, following an opening day win, when we stuttered for a while. David Watson was an early scapegoat too. I think the two performances, both defeats as they were, against a stellar Newcastle side in the cup changed the tone of the whole club, much of which carried through to 96/97. Another similarity with recent times would possibly be his second season 95/96. Perfectly placed to get in the play off mix in March, we had "that match" v Ipswich, and finished the season with something like 2 wins in our last 14 games. Without selling half the team. Recruitment in the following summer wasn't bad mind.