Since no one is taking up the mantel of provocateur extraordinaire I thought I'd lend a hand. I'm even using capital letters to look more professional. Currently we stand second from bottom with 5 points from 8 games and 9 goals scored. Our schedule from now to January is: Arsenal @Sunderland Villa Everton @Hull Burnley Man U @Birmingham @Bolton Chelsea Portsmouth @Tottenham (just two days after the Portsmouth game. Thanks schedulers!) Portsmouth are below us, even with a game advantage and Hull and Birmingham are just ahead. If the squad doesn't make a move in the back half of those fixtures it could be a very cold, dark January. Would investors want the team then with relegation looming? Would they hold off until after the season, after all of the star players leave or are poached to buy on the cheap? Of those twelve games I think four are winnable (Hull, B-ham, Burnley and Portsmouth) and we could scrape points against the Sunderlands and Boltons of the world. A lack of creativity is really killing us against opposition and if we can win the games we *should* (should being a very relative term) win and draw where we can, we'd be looking at about 12-15 points from this run, I'd think. 17-20 points would just barely keep us above water after 20 games, either out of relegation zone, or within touching distance to safety. We simply cannot let teams like Stoke (and the previous six I mentioned) take points from us. We need to beat them at home and at least draw on the road.