I'm sure someone (Deutsch?) can find the stats to prove me wrong or right, but the impression I have is that McCarthy's sides tend to be better in the 2nd half of the season. I'm pretty sure that is the case with us the last 2 seasons, and I think that when he got Sunderland promoted it happened as a result of them really pushing on after Christmas. If this IS true, and the trend continues, is it possible for us to have a better second half of the season? Frankly, if we can improve we'll go up as champions, but I would be happy if we managed to just keep playing as we are. It is quite possible that we will have a slight drop off in performance, but should that be enough to see us finish in the top 2?