What a difference two games makes. I wrote a piece on our remaining four fixtures and contemplated whether or not Monk could indeed save us from the impending doom of League One and when the fat lady would start to sing…
Fast forward to now, it looks like Garry Monk is firmly holding on to the her soothers (other brands are available) going into the final two games of the season.
With an impressive victory over promotion chasing Sheffield United at the weekend, coupled with a disastrous night for Barnsley last night in the face of Nottingham Forest, our East Midlands neighbours have given us even more breathing space… thanks you reds!
The last two seasons we’ve managed to cling on to the trap door and survive, just. Two last day dramas to decide our fate, oh what a feeling it would be at a sold out St Andrews next week, knowing we will still be playing second tier football next season under the saviour that is Monk.
“Would be?”, I hear you ask. Well, as you may know, we’re not safe yet! Any result at QPR should confirm our safety and although it’s in our own hands, we all dwell on the ‘what if?’ and of course, it wouldn’t be Blues doing it the easy way…
Here’s how the table stands going into the final 2 games:
In short, both Barnsley and Burton need to win on Saturday to have any chance of staying up, that much is clear. Here are Saturday’s fixtures:
Barnsley V Brentford
Burton V Bolton
QPR V Blues
If Burton win against Bolton, we still need a point. Basically, we need to match or better their results. As for Barnsley, they now face two promotion chasers in Brentford and then Derby on the final day. Mission impossible for them?
Here are the relegation permutations in full, if you were wondering:
The odds for a dreaded relegation were slashed to 14/1 over the weekend and it’s likely to be cut even more after that result at the City ground last night. With all scenario’s out of the way, we can now look forward to two potential sellouts.
Blues’ ticketing manager Aamir Javaid tweeted: “The feeling when you find out that the Tilton is now fully sold out for the Fulham game!
“How long before the Kop sells out? Great support Bluenoses! Can we sell it out for Garry Monk and the boys in Royal Blue?”
Keep Right On, noses!