March 30 2012
For a few beautiful moments after Coventry City's victory over Portsmouth last weekend I finally entertained the thought that we might stay up this season.
Better than that, I even thought that next season might finally see Coventry City play Aston Villa at the Ricoh, in the Championship!
Said thoughts were a far cry from the 'game over' opinion of 'Freaky Tuesday' (20th March), where Forest somehow hit Leeds for seven, and Pompey hit Birmingham for four, not to mention Millwall's win that took them fairly clear, and Peterboro's win that took them to (As good as) safety.
Our home form since December has been superb, with six wins in our last nine games, while our dismal run of victory free away matches should have ended against Cardiff or Watford. If our home form can continue for three more games, we might just avoid the drop, even if we continue to fail on our travels.
Five of our last seven games are winnable, possibly six if Hull allow another relegation threatened side to beat them (Fingers crossed!). Even the most optimistic of Coventry City supporters will probably have written off the Southampton fixture, which we hopefully won't need to win to stay up.
Peterboro, Millwall and Doncaster are as good a selection of remaining home fixtures as you could ask for, while our dismal away record surely has a chance to end in the six-pointer against Bristol City? (Who have the second most home defeats in the division). Burnley's one win in ten games should also give us hope of gaining a positive result away against them.
Our recent run of five games unbeaten has coincided with Oliver Norwood finding his form, and, should we manage to stay up, the first call Andy Thorn should make after this season has finished should be to Alex Ferguson to see if we can keep him for next season - especially as Sammy Clingan more than likely won't be here.
If we are to avoid the drop, our usual strike-force - Nimely, one goal in thirteen appearances, and Platt, three goals in 27 appearances (A fair few starting, a fair few as a substitute) - need to do what they're paid for more often, score goals!
While the former is decent enough when it comes to winning penalties for us to miss, the two of them together must be the least terrifying strike force in the Championship. Nimely's debut goal seems such a long time ago now.
The 'Kids For A Quid' ticket offer against Peterboro deserves supporting, and will hopefully see a fairly decent - if not slightly more high-pitched - attendance, while the Bristol City fixture on Easter Monday should see a decent away following (On a ground that we won at last season!), in what could be a 'winner takes all' game.
In one months time we will know which treadmill we'll be on in the 2012/13 season....