Wednesday, April 03, 2019

IT has been a brilliant couple of weeks in the league for us and even though we have only played one game in those two weeks we have cut the gap to the play-offs to just six points and that is with us having two games in hand on the final two teams in the play-off positions.

We have given ourselves a good chance with just eight games left of making a fight out of it and I think the majority of our fans would have taken this at the beginning of the season if they were offered it.

We beat Yeovil 3-1 on Saturday to gain some sort of revenge on them after they thumped us 6-0 earlier in the season in what was a freakish result.

It was nice to put them into massive relegation trouble after the way they celebrated in the dressing rooms and some of the things that were said to our players on the pitch that day too.

We played really well and thoroughly deserved the victory on the day to give ourselves back-to-back wins in the league. Unfortunately I missed the game with injury. I have been quite lucky with injuries throughout my career. This was probably the first game I have missed because of injury in about five years.

I am hopeful it will be the only game I will miss. I fractured my elbow in training in an accidental collision when I was challenging for a header and then I tried to break my fall with my arm. It could have been a lot worse though, so I think I have a chance of making the weekend’s game against Tranmere Rovers although the physio still is trying to rein me in.

I’m not used to being injured and I am possibly the worst patient in the world. I do have sympathy for the physio but hopefully I am fit for Saturday.

We are down to the final eight league games now and with five games at home, and given our home form, we have a big opportunity. The next two games we have are both at home so this week we probably need to win both or at minimum get four points to really put pressure on those above us.

Both games are against teams above us in the league too so if we can get maximum points, I think that it really sets down a marker for others.

This Saturday we play Tranmere Rovers who have the league’s top goal scorer among their ranks, and they are in fantastic form. They have won seven games in a row and look like they will be sure of a play-off place. But they will have their sights on the automatic promotion places and if they can get a win with a couple of other teams playing each other around the top, they can get the gap down to a point with a game in hand too so they will want to win the game to keep their momentum going.

To win seven games in a row in the Football League is a serious achievement given how every team on their day can beat each other so they deserve a lot of credit for their form. But we want to beat them, and we fear no team in our home ground.

We had no game for 15 days and the break has done us the world of good. It allowed the lads who had played a lot of games a well-earned rest and also a couple of the injured players had extra time to get their injuries right.

At this stage of the season you don’t usually get a break to recharge the batteries but hopefully it will give us the edge on our rivals and will stand to us to get into the play-offs.

The manager and his staff have managed us very well this season in what has been a really testing season with everything that has happened, especially in the past couple of months.

They deserve a lot of credit for that, as do the players for giving ourselves this chance. It is a chance we don’t want to let slip at this stage of the season and we will be happy to extend the season another couple of weeks if needs be.

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