Well that could’ve been worse!

table_27thfeb.jpgWhilst Scunthorpe continued their excellent form with a 1-3 victory at Gresty Road against Crewe, it was kind of predictable, despite the excitement of Crewe taking the lead (I couldn’t help but vaguely keep track of the results after all!).  They’re looking decided difficult to catch now – a full ten points ahead of us.

That said, if (and it’s a big if) we win our game in hand, then it’s seven points, and it wasn’t that long ago that we were that far clear of the chasing pack.  But the better news was that Blackpool beat Oldham at Boundary Park, and Doncaster held Yeovil to a draw – so assuming we’re capable of mounting some kind of run of form, second place is looking a lot more of a tempting prospect.  Of course, we have to watch out for Bristol City below us.

It certainly makes the forthcoming fixtures with Scunny and Bristol a little more interesting, both away from home, and our only remaining fixtures against “contenders” this season – ordinarily I’d be happy with that, but with Forests’ propensity to drop points against teams lower in the league table, it’s hardly a comfort to be facing so many of them over the coming weeks.  The rapidity of Oldham’s poor run of form offers hope that it may affect a few more of our promotion rivals, but of course, it’s a stark warning that we could go that way again after the awful run we’ve hopefully put behind us…


It’s a big day for the Reds…

… and we’re not even playing!  But our promotion rivals are, and whilst they’re all playing an ‘extra’ game, it gives Scunny a chance of amassing a ten point lead over us if they can get a win tonight; which on current form certainly doesn’t seem to be above them.  They face a trip to Crewe, who hopefully won’t approach the game in the same way that they did when we visited and annihilated them.

Yeovil can put themselves three points clear of us if they are successful on a tricky trip north to Doncaster, whilst Oldham are at home to Blackpool – and if they can turn around the appalling run they’ve found themselves on, they’d end up one point ahead of us – although if Blackpool can play with as much endeavour and effort as they did at our place recently, it will certainly prove to be a difficult game for the Latics.

If all results fare badly for us, it will leave us in fourth place – with a game in hand over all three teams above us.  Bristol City would remain just below us in fifth, with two games in hand over the top three, and a game in hand over us (and they’re only a point behind us, remember!).  If there were any starker demonstration of the importance of our results, I can’t imagine what it would look like – 2nd – 5th place is incredibly tight, there’s a seven point gap to Scunthorpe currently, and a 5 point gap from 5th to 6th placed Tranmere.

I think I might just not try to keep track of the results – whenever I do that they all seem to be going really well until some late intervention to throw a spanner in the works – so I’ll just check the results later tonight and hope that at least some of them went our way!