So it all comes down to this…well, sort of.
It’s impossible not to view tomorrow’s first (Notts County) versus second (that’ll be Rochdale) encounter as the probable title decider. But when you spend more than a passing glance looking at the table to the right, it really probably isn’t.
Should Notts take the win, it’s almost safe to say there’s very little left in our paths to halt the charge. Four points clear, with four games to follow (one more than the ‘Dale), three of which against sides currently in the bottom six of the division. It’s safe to say lady luck sure did take her time to make an appearance at Meadow Lane!
If Rochdale do grab a win, Notts will desperately need to win on Saturday away at Port Vale to avoid losing any ground, with Rochdale playing away from home at a patchy Hereford. Should this worst case scenario happen, even winning that game in hand would still leave Notts one point adrift.
For both sets of supporters, i doubt either would choose to play any other side in the league in a game of this (admittedly small in the grand scheme of things!) magnitude! Tomorrow night could potentially be Meadow Lane’s highest attendance of the season, even taking into account Rochdale’s taxi! Under the Meadow Lane floodlights, promises to be a great atmosphere!
As team news goes, both sides will head into the fixture at as close to full strength as possible. Lee Hughes being County’s only doubt, he’s hoping to be fit in time after being replaced on Saturday with a slight groin strain.
It’s a game i’m massively nervous about. This run under Steve Cotterill is nothing short of immense, but like all things in life it has to come to an end at some point. So why not tomorrow against a Rochdale side who’ve seen their 14 point lead disappear and will be coming for Notts tooth and nail? Personally, i’d take a draw tomorrow night!