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get back to that - prefer­ably this week­end.

The draw at Ever­ton was ex­cel­lent, al­though I do still worry where the goals will come from for Town if it’s not from a set piece.

In the bet­ting world, when you look at a team’s abil­ity to score you go straight to the first scorer odds, be­cause they give you a pic­ture of ex­pec­ta­tion.

I’m afraid there isn’t a sin­gle Town player I would want to in­vest my money in when it comes to the first scorer mar­ket, other than, of course, the 25/1 or 33/1 shots who are de­fend­ers com­ing up for set pieces.

Add Phil Billing into that and you might have a small bet, but the re­al­ity is that you would have lit­tle con­fi­dence in back­ing a Town player with your hard-earned cash.

It was the same last year – in fact, it’s been the same for the last two years. Let’s not for­get our neg­a­tive goal dif­fer­ence when we were pro­moted.

It’s just the style Town play. It’s been hugely suc­cess­ful for them and there is cer­tainly no rea­son to change now.

The ex­tra time in the break will have given Wag­ner that chance to work a bit harder, es­pe­cially with his new play­ers, and the fans, I am sure, will be wait­ing to see un­leashed, from those side po­si­tions, lots of pace and cre­ativ­ity.

We all saw at West Ham a cou­ple of weeks ago ex­actly what that pace can give you. Adama Traore, a Town link at one stage, burst form his own half in the 92nd minute to score the win­ner for Wolves. But he is a £20m-plus player, and Town are not in the mar­ket for those.

So let’s hope one of the new sign­ings, or one of last year’s nearly men, can de­velop and show that blis­ter­ing form.

Ra­jiv van La Parra ob­vi­ously thinks he is a top-line player, and there would be no­body hap­pier than me to have to eat my words if, at the end of the sea­son, his golden per­for­mances have helped keep Town in the Pre­mier League.

Get your­selves down to the John Smith’s Sta­dium and get the tem­per­a­ture level turned up to where it was last year.

And keep an eye on the Palace teamsheet, hop­ing Wil­fried Zaha doesn’t pass the vet.

The last 12 times Zaha has failed to start for Palace they have lost all 12 matches. You don’t want to know their record when he does start!

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