It is nice to see that in the midst of a fine run in the league and that memorable draw with Chelsea at the weekend, Roy Hodgson has kept his feet firmly on the ground.

You’d expect nothing less from an experienced manager, I suppose, but after the rollercoaster ride that was last season it seems prudent to put safety first. Clint Dempsey recently talked up our chances of getting into Europe but Hodgson has a more realistic target in mind:

We’re a long way from the 40 points that we’re targeting. It’s important that we don’t, for one minute, start to believe it’s going to be easier than it’s going to be.