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Stoke (a) 

Villa (h) 

Forest (h) 

Leeds (a) 

Norwich (a) 

Bristol City (h) 

Preston (a) 

QPR (h) 

 

So what do we reckon then? Couldn't have asked for a much harder run in. People are starting to take notice of us now and see us as a threat. Others are saying we haven't faced anybody of real quality yet during this run apart from United and Derby, both of which were drawn. If we had a full squad to choose from I'd fancy our chances but unfortunately I think injuries could be our undoing. I won't give up hope though. Bruce reckons we need 6 wins out of 8. 

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I'm hoping 4 wins and 1 draw will be enough

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5 minutes ago, Owl 44 said:

Stoke (a) 

Villa (h) 

Forest (h) 

Leeds (a) 

Norwich (a) 

Bristol City (h) 

Preston (a) 

QPR (h) 

 

So what do we reckon then? Couldn't have asked for a much harder run in. People are starting to take notice of us now and see us as a threat. Others are saying we haven't faced anybody of real quality yet during this run apart from United and Derby, both of which were drawn. If we had a full squad to choose from I'd fancy our chances but unfortunately I think injuries could be our undoing. I won't give up hope though. Bruce reckons we need 6 wins out of 8. 

Away games are really tough, home not too bad. 4 wins maybe out of that lot.

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Its the hope that does you in, of course

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Win 4 at home, pick up a win and a draw or 2 away, seems a big ask to me especially with us collecting niggley injuries,  but doable. 

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Just now, Owl 44 said:

Stoke (a) 

Villa (h) 

Forest (h) 

Leeds (a) 

Norwich (a) 

Bristol City (h) 

Preston (a) 

QPR (h) 

 

So what do we reckon then? Couldn't have asked for a much harder run in. People are starting to take notice of us now and see us as a threat. Others are saying we haven't faced anybody of real quality yet during this run apart from United and Derby, both of which were drawn. If we had a full squad to choose from I'd fancy our chances but unfortunately I think injuries could be our undoing. I won't give up hope though. Bruce reckons we need 6 wins out of 8. 

 

Bruce actually said 6 wins from 8 before yesterday's game - he missed a game. I think 70 points might be enough for 6th, but who knows. Birmingham were in a good position three weeks ago and they've just lost 4 consecutive games. Middlesbrough and Bristol City's form is shocking and almost relegation standard, and to think we would be 3 points off 5th place 4 weeks ago is a reflection of the closeness of the league.

 

I don't think injuries are playing much part in it at present, but yes if we pick up anymore we may struggle.

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It depends which games we pick up the points in. We could probably do it with 5 wins, providing we beat Villa, Forest and Bristol City at home. Easier said than done though.

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The villa game is a big one, not only for Bruce himself, but the team. If we beat them I dare say we’ll have the confidence to continue and make it to the playoffs. In Bruce we trust..!!

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11 minutes ago, Ian_D said:

I'm hoping 4 wins and 1 draw will be enough

Not a hope in hell.

 

with our goal difference you then need everybody else on 67 or less.

 

Not going to happen.

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18 minutes ago, Owl 44 said:

Stoke (a) W

Villa (h) D

Forest (h) W

Leeds (a) d

Norwich (a) l

Bristol City (h) W

Preston (a) W

QPR (h) W

 

 

 

Could that be enough ?

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At the moment with Villa and Preston’s form I still think 5 wins and 3 draws are needed, so we’d have 73 points 

 

I’d say we need a minimum of 8 points from the next 4 games, 2 wins and 2 draws. 

 

Then 10 points from the last 4 games is doable 

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7 minutes ago, BarnsleyOwl96 said:

 

Could that be enough ?

Could be.  With our goal difference, I’ve a feeling we might need 73 or 74 though.

 

What we’d do now for turning one of those draws into a win.  We could have so easily beat Reading, Derby or Millwall.  

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I think we’ll need to win every home game and two away matches.  We can maybe only afford one draw and one loss, so it’s a massive ask.

 

Beat Stoke, then two cup finals against Villa and Forest.

 

Winning those three is a big ask and even then we’ll still have a tough job on.

 

 

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I think it suits us to play the teams around us. We’ve struggled to put some of the lower teams away, whereas we seem to raise our game against the better sides

 

Hopefully Bruce’s experience will be the difference in the run in

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Very hard run-in. We're on a tidy unbeaten run, but have yet to put a winning run together. Can we win 4 or 5 on the spin to put us right in the shake-up? If we want playoffs, the opportunity is there now because we play the teams around us. We must earn the right to be there. 

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Our main threat on current form is probably Villa.

If they go on a winning run we’ll have trouble overtaking them not least because of our poor goal difference.

 

Beating Villa at Hillsborough will be key to our final position.

But hey Bruce will be more than interested in beating the team that fired him.

 

 

 

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On paper that is a tough run in. To have gone through all we have at the beginning of the season and still be in with a slight chance is unbelievable. 

 

It looks like it will go down to the wire and others will not be looking forward to playing us on current form.

 

Get some of the niggling injuries out the way and who knows?

 

 

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If you’re fighting for the playoffs having come up through the pack that’s EXACTLY the run in you want...

 

You can literally deal hammer blows to the chances of your competitors whilst doing great things for your own

 

If you fail, then you would have most likely failed in the play offs anyway

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Yeah it's really a bonus that we play these teams so we can leapfrog them.

 

If we can't do that are we good enough to get up anyway?

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