"No … No … Not the comfy chair!"
(Monty Python - The Spanish Inquisition)
This season has now all boiled down to a very simple situation - we have 3 games left, and if we win all 3 then we stand a reasonable chance of keeping our League One status. We would finish on 52 points, but the likelihood of that happening would seem to be as remote as the chance of a good cuppa from a chocolate teapot. So the alternative, in the event that we don’t get those 9 precious points, is to get fewer points and rely on other relegation candidates losing their games … and this Easter weekend could actually do us a favour or two in that respect, because Scunthorpe United, AFC Wimbledon and Accrington Stanley all have uncomfortable trips to Charlton Athletic, Luton Town and Doncaster Rovers respectively. But we really do have to WIN at Wycombe Wanderers…
We did win the reverse fixture against the Chairboys back in October, but that was a strange game of a penalty and 2 own-goals - although it was perhaps a portent of things to come, a game where we were 2-0 up after 80 minutes and squeezed through 3-2 at the end.
Wycombe are by no means safe from relegation, currently occupying 18th place in the League One table on 47 points - and they’ve only won one game in the past couple of months. Current form looks like this:-
Mar 16 Shrewsbury Town (A) Lost 2-1
Mar 30 Oxford United (A) Lost 2-1
Apr 6 Portsmouth (H) Lost 2-3
Apr 9 Charlton Athletic (H) Lost 0-1
Apr 13 Southend United (A) Won 0-2
Apr 19 Rochdale (A) Lost 1-0
Martin O’Connor’s influence would seem to have produced a greater degree of effort on the pitch, but the draw against Southend United was (a) not enough in terms of points, and (b) only achieved with a combination of dubious referee whistle-timing and a fortuitous penalty at the death. (As it used to say on my school reports “Must try harder” or "Could do better").
This preview will now be cut short, as a steam railway beckons on this beautiful sunny day. For a prediction we have to be bold, so let’s go for a 1-2 away win.
PS. The first certain relegation place has now been settled - Bradford City will be in League 2 next season. Who will join them?