Come last Saturday at around 4.30 not long after another game had to be abandoned for a waterlogged pitch, i found myself wondering about what it meant in the grand scheme of things for our season.
I mean, it’s ANOTHER game for the fixture backlog, and with the squad as depleted as it currently stands – 17 fit players – it can’t bode well going forward. I genuinely for a few moments saw us in a real mess…and this is from someone who had seen us still in the playoff picture recently!
But you need to take stock of the league table really before you start to panic too much.
Yes of course you can think back to last season and how we made light work of the games in hand we have, but the league is without question tougher this year than last, and we’re rapidly losing players.
As things stand at this moment though, we have (on average) two games in hand on every team above us, one at least, five in one case. A win in those two games would have us upto tenth position…and even beyond that considering most teams above that spot in the table have more than two games in hand.
To say that 19th is a false position would be bang on the money with one defeat since November, but we’re still in a tenuous position based on the size of the squad.
The newly opened loan window is massive for our season now. Paul Ince has stated he’s not interested in bringing in players just to push the numbers up so that’s a good thing. Talks with Tommy Ince’s club Liverpool continue whilst Wikipedia is stating the recent free agent Al Bangura (who impressed in a recent trial) is now at Turkish outfit Mersin İdmanyurdu.
Notts now once more face two home games on the bounce in the space of four days, with the visit of Exeter on Saturday and Colchester the following Tuesday.
What follows is a baron month for Meadow Lane, with only two games – as opposed to six away games in the month.
The positive to come from this will at least be the respite offered to the playing surface at the Lane as we approach the last few months of the season…besides of course the rugby club’s games. Could be a busy month for the groundstaff Trev and Greg you’d imagine!