The Fans View - Part 1
As the relegation battle draws nearer we get the view from Swindon, Yeovil and Hartlepool.|
Hartlepool - The relegation race is going right down to the wire. I think Cheltenham, Hereford and Brighton are as good as down which leaves 7 teams fighting for that last spot. There's so little to choose between the teams but I think it'll be either Northampton or Carlisle who take that dreaded fourth spot.
There's so many of the teams playing each other every week that a couple of wins can leave you looking rather pretty up in 15th like Leyton Orient are at the minute. After you we play Scunthorpe on Monday and if we could get 4 points from these 2 games I honestly think we'd be safe.
Our away record is dreadful with just one win since the end of October and we seem to be conceding 2 goals every game, even against bad sides like Hereford so it should be an interesting one on Saturday. Your boost from getting a new manager seems to have ended and I hope we can make a huge step towards safety this weekend.
Swindon - 'I think it's too late for Cheltenham Town and Hereford United - both have games they can get points from but I think they're relying too much on other results now.
As far as Swindon are concerned, without doubt I believe we deserve to be in this relegation scenario.
However, I don't think Swindon have been abysmal this season, far from it. We've failed to close games and conceded too many goals late on, far too many! I hope, if we can take anything from this season if would be that 2008/09 has been a lesson learned.
At the start of March I thought Swindon were doomed, then Simon Cox inspired 3 wins in a row and we looked good to escape and then 1 point gained in the following two games and we've dragged right back into it again.
Hartlepool have a tough run in and could easily go down. Even with two games in hand Northampton have a tricky set of fixture as do Brighton - but I think the Seagulls might benefit from playing midtable fodder. I think a team will go down that hasn't been there all season long, I think Carlisle could struggle.
It's hard to predict because so many of us are playing against eachother and it could go either way.
Unlike Cheltenham and Hereford, survival is still in Swindon's hands.
Yeovil - Our season has certainly been a roller-coaster and although approaching the end you just know there is certainly going to be another twist and turn or two.
Slade left after quite frankly working miracles on buttons. Skiverton came in and to be fair to him, despite having concerns seems to be doing the job at the moment, with 8 from 12 and four clean sheets in a row. The loanees he has brought in have certainly had a big impact.
This up-turn in form has certainly sent a wave of optimism around Huish Park that we could still be playing League One football next season.
As for the rest, well Cheltenham and Hereford look doomed. Wahoo! I don't think Brighton can come back. That then leaves one from six, assuming Orient are safe. Although 'Dink' has told me twice that it won't be Crewe, as I stated back on 13 March when you were on a great run of form, I think it will be your boys that face the drop http://www.yeovil.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=147203
as your run-in is very difficult.
Here's lto survival and the prospect of mid-table mediocrity next year, because although the relegation battle adds interest to the end of the season, I want to be playing Charlton, Norwich, Leeds, Forest etc next season and with respect, not the likes of Barnet and Macclesfield.
So who will survive, only time will tell. Thanks to Adam (Vital Hartlepool), Rich (Vital Swindon), Paul (Vital Yeovil) We hope to bring the view from the Carlisle, Northampton and Leyton orient camps over the next few days.
Also, visit Vital Hartlepools league one relegation ladder. http://www.hartlepool.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=147052