If you had asked me a week ago before the Bristol City game I wouldn’t have even considered that the season still had some life left in it, it was all about building under Heckingbottom. However, two points against Bristol City and Derby which should have been six, followed by a win yesterday and teams above us slipping up, it’s down to five points.
Five points are more that doable, although the squad may still fall short. Personally I think it’s a big ask and Heckingbottom has done very, very well to turn around results so quickly, he is extremely unlucky not to have taken nine points from the last three games, and that would have us right in the mix. This run was always going to define our season and just when all seemed lost we have began to pull out some results. The game on Friday is so important, Boro are just above us in the league and a win would really pile the pressure on those above us in the table. Wolves come up after that which is a free shot and then the games do ease up slightly, but it does seem like we have more than a chance if we keep it together.
Paul Heckingbottom won’t be judged if we don’t reach the play-offs this season, the pressure isn’t on him in that respect and that will only help us. The players really let their standards slip in two periods which went on far too long and that will ultimately be what would cost us at the end of the season. If we can win eight games we have a real chance of the play-offs although that is a huge ask for the squad. There are teams who make a late charge and you are looking at the pack below the play-offs now and wondering what one, if any could really kick on. Leeds, Boro, Brentford and Preston are all hovering and the likes of Millwall are coming up fast behind. It would only take a two or three game swing and the league could be blown wide open.