A 1-1 draw at Bolron is normally a reasonable result. Coming three days after a 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, it probably looks even more respectable but the fact is it's now 3 points from the last 12 as we splutter to a finish.
We fielded an attacking line-up with Watt and Vetokele leading the line and support from Bulot, Buyens, Cousins and Gudmundson. Wiggins was a surprise returnee to left-back so Morgan Fox got a night off and Solly was joined in the back four by Johnson and Diarra. I am left wondering what Ben Haim and Bikey have done wrong? I can see either of them hanging around to play second-fiddle next season.
Frederik Bulot opened the scoring for us after 9 minutes and it sounded like we were content after that to try and keep possession and make Bolton work for it. That appeared to be a successful approach until the 79th minute when Le Fondre levelled for the home side. A tad predictable and seven minutes after Watt and Vetokele were replaced by Church and Eagles.
The point keeps us just in the top-half, two clear of Cardiff and three in front of Birmingham and Leeds with a better goal difference. Leeds lost at home to Norwich and the wheels look like they have come off since Steve Thompson was dismissed and Neil Refearn visibly angered by the backroom shenanigans. If we can beat Leeds on Saturday we will take a big step towards ensuring a top-half finish. If we fail to beat Leeds, we leave ourselves open to being leap-frogged by Birmingham at St. Andrews the following week.
Elsewhere, lucky Millwall survived a woeful first-half to see Wigan reduced to ten men before Jimmy Abdou netted a 74th minute winner. A further player from each side was dismissed before Millwall wrapped up the points in the 90th minute. They now go four short of Rotherham who look likely to have three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player in their recent 1-0 win over Brighton. If that happens, the Lions might find the energy to escape, especially if they can get something in South Wales on Saturday.
Football can be unrelentingly cruel at times. All we need is to see QPR get out of jail and Palace finish in 6th or 7th to really ice the cake.