Date:Sunday April 12 2009
So damn tight at the bottom it's hard to move. Despite our amazing form under Gudjon even this little stutter has put us right back in the deep stuff.
Northampton having two games in hand leaves us as close as ever to the drop, and whilst Hereford and Cheltenham can be planning their tour of League Two next season you can't yet discount Brighton in 22nd - 6 points and one game in hand behind us, a couple of wins could yet see them crop up as survival contenders.
We're now six games without a win, but similarly only have two defeats in our last nine games. Undoubtedly our form has faltered, whether the players started to sit back on the fantastic run of form that saw us out of the relegation zone or if we've 'burnt out' too early, it's not clear but we still aren't playing that bad.
Yesterday should have been a win. We had the possession, quality and chances to wrap it up against Hartlepool and squandered it, but then we were never bottom of the league through Steve Holland alone.
We've left ourselves in a position where we can probably not be certain of survival on the final day of the season, maybe even with three straight wins before then. Everyone around us has found form at some point in the last couple of months and it looks to me as if someone will go down with 50 or more points coming May.
Tomorrow is a trip to Oldham, a loss is potentially devastating and slipping back into the relegation zone would potentially be terminal. I've still full faith in Gudjon to guide us to safety but we just need a win to push us through the home straight.
Gudjon is still talking the talk but this is where his no-nonsense style is tested. A rocket up the arse, a few cups across the room and so on if any player's not up to it, we need those performances and goals that got us off the bottom and out of the relegation zone.
The next five or six days could, or will, make or break the season. Two defeats and we're probably looking at League Two, two wins and we're probably looking at League One again... anything else and the agony continues!
Date:Sunday April 12 2009
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