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There are three big games coming up, playing against Brighton then Liverpool at home and Southampton away, so a couple of winnable games there.
A reduction in the number of councillors also means there are fewer winnable seats and competition for them is fierce.
A further complication is that in winnable two-councillor wards, of which there will be 32, Labour rules state one of the candidates should be a woman.
Among Frieden's top 10 list were to get and disseminate good data; tackle more difficult initiatives first; find, fight and win winnable battles; support and hire great people; learn and manage the budget cycle; and follow a set of core principles.
But having said that, the Vase is a winnable competition and we are looking at it from that point of view.
Even if Roy Hodgson's men then foul up in their final match at home to Poland, there is a 75 per cent chance they will face a winnable two-legged play-off against Croatia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland or Greece.
The four- step process involves multi- level consultations, feedback and inputs for picking the most winnable candidate from each of the 544 constituencies.
Having already beaten Championship opposition in this season's competition in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday, and won so impressively away at QPR in the previous round, the Milton Keynes club will view the visit of Gary Flitcroft's Tykes as a winnable tie.
Now, this war in Afghanistan looks no more winnable than any of Britain's previous efforts to impose its will on that country.
Before the Reading game I identified the next couple of fixtures as winnable and a way to pick up points before some very difficult games arrive next month.
He has realised this championship is winnable and I think he is in a good place," the Daily Mirror quoted Whitmarsh, as saying.