An inconsistent Notts side travel to Peterborough’s London Road tonight knowing they’re lucky (even nine games in) to still be within arm’s reach of the division’s playoff places.
Despite last Tuesday’s spirited defeat to Wolves and two impressive away wins and in the League Cup, the side are yet to pick up a win on the road in the league and the odds will be firmly against them tonight. Lee Hughes (still injured) again misses out alongside the suspended Graeme Lee, whilst Peterborough find themselves second in the table having won all of their four home fixtures.
As previously blogged, Karl Hawley should expect to start having impressed upon his arrival on Saturday, with a choice of a probable three out of Judge, Smith and a fit again Luke Rodgers. Liam Chilvers should come back into the side having served his suspension after impressing at Molineux.
A win tonight would hopefully be enough to send Notts County back into the top half of the table, with a possible playoff place available if results go the right way.
Even with deck stacked against Notts, the squad, hopefully fully recovered from 120 minutes with Wolves, should still travel to London Road knowing it’s a winnable game.
The season thus far has been of a stop/start nature. Disappointing defeats followed by resolute victories that have only flattered to deceive as soon as the next game has arrived. Whilst all this has gone on, no single team has taken the division by the scruff of the neck as their own. So as it stands, we’re still within touching distance of the top spots.
With tonight at London Road, and an equally as inconsistent Sheffield Wednesday coming to Meadow Lane on Saturday, we’re still left with a chance of making an impact.
The heart of last season’s team spirit still beats strong. The team always manages to dig deep when their backs are to the wall, now’s the time to see what they’re made of. Again.