|[Blog] Town's Last Chance To Keep The Dream Alive!|
Written by Pessimistic on Tuesday, 27th Mar 2012 15:02
The faint mutterings of a play-off place and through it, the chance of returning to the promised land, will be silenced for good for another season tonight, if Town fail to beat the Boro. Anything less than a resounding victory could also impact on next seasons season ticket sales so there is everything to play for once again this evening.
I may be Pessimistic by name but not always by nature and if Town were to claim a victory then they would be just six points behind Birmingham in sixth and only eight points behind Brighton in fourth position!
With the majority of the remaining games to be played at home and with Fortress Portman Road once again in evidence, anything is possible in this league - no matter how unlikely it sometimes seems.
The problem of course is that there are a lot of teams in with a real shout of those play-off places and one would expect Birmingham, Cardiff, Blackpool, Hull or Leeds to push on but if they don't then Town should be ready to pounce!
The trouble with Town all season has been our glaring inconsistency and an extraordinarily leaky defence. Carlos Edwards may have excelled since he took the armband but he is always prone to give cheap goals away and sadly this is exactly what he did at Watford and so the hoodoo continues. All the blame for our defensive frailties cannot be pinned on him alone though and as a collective unit everyone is responsible.
Grant Leadbitter coming back tonight should help our cause - although it could be argued that he was in some ways responsible for our defeat at Vicarage Road in the first place, having succumbed to a brainless second yellow in the game against Burnley.
Taking this aside, there is no doubt that he playing with lots of confidence since he was relieved of his captaincy duties, which begs the question is his heart in it after all? It could just be that he is readying himself for a summer exit and is doing a bit of window dressing? We would all like to think however that he wants to stay and has rekindled some form of old.
So then the season is not quite over but if Town drop points tonight it surely will be. Nothing less than a win is good enough if we have serious aspirations of sustaining this rollercoaster of a football ride just a little further.
I have a feeling that Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could be influential tonight and now that he has his shooting boots on we can expect a few fireworks on the field this evening!
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