While we have no league matches for a while I thought it might be time to consider how much better we are this season compared to the last couple. Or not, depending on your viewpoint. Maybe I am reacting too strongly to our performance against Newcastle but I am very excited about our prospects this season. Yes, even though we threw it away in the last 10 my rosy outlook remains! For one thing it is obvious we have changed our style of play for the better. I was not one of those supporters who was moaning about us not winning 5-0 every match anyway, but I do see some very positive signs of GH "unleashing hell" as they say. A number of matches (mostly at home) we have seen 4-3-3 and seeing the likes of Diouf, Owen and Heskey all on the pitch at the same time is enough to scare most defences. Our midfield play has been outstanding. In particular Gerrard, Hamann and Murphy have been remarkable. Beatiful interceptions, great runs forward, timely tackling. Hamann is one of the greatest clean tacklers I have witnessed in my short 38 years. With Dudek, and the mighty H's at the back all looks good, let's not go there ... (Santa!) What can stop us? The obvious at moment, poor finishing and poor defending. We have seen both so far. Also, injuries. A team deprived of the likes of Gerrard, Owen, Hamann, etc obviously our quality drops. But I see signs of great cover on the bench, such as Baros, Cheryou, Diao, etc. We need to combine this more fluid attacking play with our sterner resolve at the back from last season and the trophies will be rolling in come May.