The next eight games.....

tonyw

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.....look pretty straightforward on paper.

16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 10th, 12th, 18th, 24th.

If we can string together a few battling performances like yesterday and/or some quality performances like we've seen from time to time this season, then I don't think it's out of the question that we could come out of that stretch with 4-5 wins and a couple of draws and basically remove all our relegation fears.

We may have to - because I wouldn't want to be needing too much out of our last four - when we play three of the top six, all of whom may still have promotion to play for.....

Now's the time, KR - let's get it done, and then we can get back to worrying about things in the Boardroom, and hoping that we don't **** up a 3rd straight summer window!
 

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The only problem is that we've generally done better against the top clubs than those nearer the bottom--maybe because the top clubs think we'll be easy pickings, whereas those at the bottom play in a style that we're unwilling or unable to match.

More games like yesterday's will be needed--not trying to play too expansively, but doing whatever it takes to grind out a win.
 

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On the flip side, in March Walsall have got to play Burton, Fleetwood, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Barnsley & Doncaster before hosting us on 6th April.

That's a tough run even by our recent standards.
 

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On the flip side, in March Walsall have got to play Burton, Fleetwood, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Barnsley & Doncaster before hosting us on 6th April.

That's a tough run even by our recent standards.
Excluding Doncaster, we picked up 7 points from the other 5 games which will likely be at least 3 or 4 points more than Walsall will get. We'll be a long way clear of them by the time we play them.
 

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I like the optimum. We are the sort of team that beats Portsmouth then loses to Wimbledon though.crazy year - on and off the pitch.
 

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Well we couldn't wish for better fixtures.
Four wins and two draws for 50 points.
We need to show the commitment and discipline we showed at Blackpool.
 

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The only problem is that we've generally done better against the top clubs than those nearer the bottom--maybe because the top clubs think we'll be easy pickings, whereas those at the bottom play in a style that we're unwilling or unable to match.

More games like yesterday's will be needed--not trying to play too expansively, but doing whatever it takes to grind out a win.

More or less my thoughts as well.
 

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It's said that we perform better against the better teams but 5 of our wins have come against Burton, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Gillingham and Rochdale, and what should have been a win a Scunthorpe. All teams in and around the bottom half.

Even if you ignore our away games, we have Scunthorpe, Bradford, Wycombe and Wimbledon as our next 4 home games, which could, and should be 4 wins. Add in a few draws away to Gillingham, Rochdale and Walsall and we should be home and hosed.
 

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One of the reasons the poor Christmas games were so disappointing was because we knew we had a really tough start to 2019 on paper. However, despite not picking up too many points, I reckon we’ve come through January and February reasonably unscathed. I think the five points against Pompey, Barnsley and Sunderland are more than anyone really expected, and the win at Blackpool means we have come out of this period out of the relegation zone, when I think there was a danger we could have been cut pretty far adrift. We’re obviously still in a precarious position, but as the OP suggest, hopefully this marks the beginning of a slightly more enjoyable period for us all!
 

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But then all those teams around us will have the same thought process "we can beat Oxford"
 

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Not sure any of us know which way it’s going to go as we’re so unpredictable, but whichever way it does go we know it’s going to be tight.

Yes, we do have winnable games during March, but we thought that when we played Peterborough after good performances against Pompey, Barnsley and Sunderland!

Having said that, not many of us expected to beat Blackpool away which we hadn’t done for 39 years!!

Going to be a rollcoaster ride here on in, with us probably needing something away at Luton on the last day!! Hope not though.
 

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work out a way to play against the dirty hoofball teams and we'll be fine. will be glad when this seasons over though and hope for a more positive outlook for the summer with investment and exciting players
 

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Not sure any of us know which way it’s going to go as we’re so unpredictable, but whichever way it does go we know it’s going to be tight.

Yes, we do have winnable games during March, but we thought that when we played Peterborough after good performances against Pompey, Barnsley and Sunderland!

Having said that, not many of us expected to beat Blackpool away which we hadn’t done for 39 years!!

Going to be a rollcoaster ride here on in, with us probably needing something away at Luton on the last day!! Hope not though.
Probably need something from Luton really?
We need 4 wins and 2 draws to get to 50 points
If we need something from Luton we have probably has it. We need to get the results well before Luton.
 

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Probably need something from Luton really?
We need 4 wins and 2 draws to get to 50 points
If we need something from Luton we have probably has it. We need to get the results well before Luton.
Exactly. If we need something from Luton then we deserve to go down as we can not expect to throw away easy points to then rely on Doncaster and Luton at the death.
 

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Bradford are after a new boss now so their dynamic changes again.
 
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