Port Out, Starboard Home (POSH)
(Traditionally accepted derivation (apocryphal) of the word “posh”, from the days of Empire when people sailed to India and tried to keep out of the sun to protect their skin.)
With only two games to go in this dreadful season we have reached the “last chance saloon”, and the mathematics are horribly simple … lose this game against Peterborough and we are relegated - even a draw is extremely unlikely to make much difference, because the best we could hope for from a draw would see us end up competing on goal difference, and we know what our position is in that department!
Peterborough United, of course, are nowhere near “relaxing on the beach” - they have a sporting chance of claiming a place in the play-offs. They currently hold 7th place, 3 points behind a stuttering Doncaster Rovers who have lost their last two games - and Posh do have a game in hand.
There are no player connections between ourselves and Posh at present, but if you go back through their managerial history you find the names of John Barnwell and Mick Halsall who both had turns at the helm in years gone by. Their current manager Darren Ferguson is becoming a fixture at the club - this is his third spell in charge. Recent League One form:-
Mar 16 Coventry City (H) Lost 1-2
Mar 23 Southend United (H) Won 2-0
Apr 6 Gillingham (H) Won 2-0
Apr 13 Blackpool (A) Won 0-1
Apr 19 Fleetwood Town (A) Drew 1-1
Apr 22 Sunderland (H) Drew 1-1
Martin O’Connor has experimented with different permutations of his players already, but with no noticeable success. It would appear that certain players (perhaps the majority) in what is a numerically bloated squad have accepted our (and their) fate, and are probably devoting their energies to seeking alternative employment. Hey ho …
Prediction? Just for a change let’s have a realistic assessment - we will probably lose this one 0-2, and at least deprive the Sloppies of the pleasure of sending us down. But, this being Walsall, you can never tell …