Sunday, 8 April 2018

Bristol Rovers 1 v Charlton Athletic 1

'Win your home games and draw away' has long been solid advice for sides seeking promotion. On that basis there should be few complaints about the point picked up in Bristol yesterday. It keeps the Addicks in sixth place with a game in hand which could put a bit of distance between us the chasers, Portsmouth, Peterborough and Scunthorpe. Better still, with only six matches left, we could do with getting something at Portsmouth and beating Scunthorpe at the Valley.

The actual order is AFC Wimbledon (a) on Tuesday, Scunthorpe (h) Saturday, followed by Shrewsbury (a) Tuesday-week, Portsmouth (a) Saturday-week, Blackburn (h) and Rochdale (a). The evident danger here using the old adage I started with, is that we might only acquire ten more points which probably wouldn't be sufficient. I think we need four wins and a draw to be sure of a play-off spot. Our best shot might be winning the next three games - Wimbledon are scrapping to avoid relegation, Scunthorpe are out-of-form and Shrewsbury may have given-up on an automatic place before we go there. Nine points from those would give us clear line-of-sight and take the pressure off before we go to Portsmouth for what could be a decider. 

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