Tuesday 5 March 2013

Will we, won't we?

Be involved in a relegation battle, that is. We remained in a relatively lofty 15th position in the Championship after Saturday's dismal defeat to Burnley, but the gap below us was cut by a number of sides who now sit close on our shoulder, including this evening's opponents Peterborough and Saturday's Huddersfield.

Our away form would suggest we will pick up the three points needed to keep an even keel but I am concerned that we may be suffering from a sudden loss of confidence. Posh and the Terriers are both below us and very much involved in their own relegation battles. Neither match promises to be pretty and a double defeat could see us officially enter the swirl-pool. With Millwall to come at the Valley a week on Saturday, it could be a very testing afternoon when I am next at the Valley for the Bolton match on 30th March.

We may have shown relegation form at home all season but our battling away forays have earned us another crack in this division and I believe we will pick up the required points to avoid the drop. The squad we have would walk league One again next season but it's become patently clear that we need sufficient strengthening to seriously challenge in the Championship.

I am relieved to be spending the next two weekends seeing out the finish to the 6 Nations and I won't miss the Millwall game at all. My Lions-loving mate returned from his Cypriot home last night for  a week to see an ailing relative and to fit in two Lions matches. He popped in last night to pick up my car (he is a very good mate) but acknowledged that Millwall's home form has ruined their season. C'est la vie Ray - we are five points worse off at home than them and we don't have a very winnable F A Cup 6th Round tie coming this weekend. Millwall in another semi-final? It never rains but it pours.

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