[quote user="Striker"]Forget about ''where we were two years ago'' for a minute. Just before we kicked off away to Wigan, had we all knew we''d be 7pts clear of the relegation zone (8pts with our GD) come Jan 1st, we''d all have been delighted (as I''m sure most are). The problem with some people is that with our current position, the bar has been raised, and they take a very short term view.The only thing anyone should be concerned with between now and May is where we are compared with whoever sits third bottom. Nothing else matters.Here''s a point to sit up and take note of. Outside of the top 6, the only teams where we''ve failed to pick up any points are Villa and West Brom. As our position in the ''relegation mini-league'' indicates, that''s a very good record for the first half of the season.As for Lambert''s comments, I fully agree with him. We should salute and encourage the players for doing their absolute best - other than Swansea and QPR, they are coming up against seasoned PL players who possess an abundance of savvy and guile. As we saw with Fulham yesterday, before we gained a deserved point.[/quote]With substantial prize money to be gained for ever place up the Premier League pecking order we finish is it really as clear cut as you state?