Pessimistic about play-off chances

Four wins and a draw from the last six games is probably the minimum that we need in order to sneak into the play-offs.
It’s difficult, but not impossible. However, anyone who has seen Vale’s patchy performances since Happy Harry’s departure wouldn’t put any money on us right now.
We are finding it increasingly difficult to score and – without Gaz Owen in the heart of defence – are struggling to keep the clean sheets which got us off to a flyer in the first half of the season.
Oh how we are now rueing those points dropped in games we really should have won against the likes of Barnet, Bury and Lincoln.
Our main goal threat, Marc Richards, can’t seem to find any consistency and the service from midfield to the forwards has been poor, to say the least.
Sorry If I sound pessimistic – it’s because I am. Tomorrow’s game has become an absolute must-win for us.
We’ve wasted the games in hand and it’s the teams who are hitting form right now who are favourites to make those four play-off berths. And that ain’t us.
I’ve got a lot of time for Mark Grew and Geoff Horsfield but up til now, as a management team, they haven’t torn up any trees.
To be fair to them, I appreciate how hard it must be to get the lads who haven’t been playing match-fit again and to restore harmony in the camp following the destruction wrought by Jim Gannon’s reign.
The nose-diving of a season which promised so much can, of course, be traced back to the week before Christmas when Sheffield United were scouting round for a new manager.
Talk about Sod’s Law. Why did Micky Adams have to be a Blades fan?
I blame Gary Speed and the Welsh FA and am tempted to never go to Rhyl again by way of protest.
I fear that, barring a remarkable run of victories, it will be a classic case of ‘close but no cigar’ come May 7.
I’d love to be proved wrong. I’d love Rob Taylor, Louis Dodds and Rico to find their shooting boots.
However, knowing our luck, we will beat Barnet at their place on the last day of the season and still miss out on the play-offs on goal difference. Sound familiar?
Having been at Rushden and Diamonds for Steve McPhee’s swan-song, I wouldn’t wish such a cruel fate on anyone.


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