Sandy Pate Best Stag wrote:Let's get a bit of perspective on this.
Yes our form and style is terrible and we are quickly going down the plug hole.
BUT we are not the worst team over the last five matches, Stevenage have lost all five, Macclesfield have won a point less than us and should also have points deducted for their fixture mess. Walsall also have scored less points but already have enough to be safe.
Stevenage have won 3 times out of 33 and need 3 wins and two draws just to overtake us out of their remaining 13 games. It just isn't going to happen and there is also nothing to suggest Macclesfield will do better than us, in short we are safe, oh alright safeish.
How we will do next year is a different matter for another thread. For now let's just put our tin hats on and 'enjoy' the rest of the season.
PS. You can add Scunthorpe Newport and Forest Green to that list.
Very good post.
I have checked some details. The three Stevenage wins out of 33 so far is easily the worst return for any League Two side in bottom spot for not only years, but also for decades. Last League Two side with just three wins out of 33 was Doncaster in 1997-98 during their horror campaign in which they ended up with just 20 points and 113 goals conceded. Even Darlington in 2009-10 and Workington in their final FL season way back in 1976-77 had FOUR wins after 33 fixtures, so had also Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015-16. York, who went down with the Daggers in 2015-16, had won six, while Leyton Orient had eight.The latest (then) FL club which had managed just 3 wins out of their first 33 fixtures was Southport way back in their final FL season way back in 1977-78, when they eventually failed re-election.
So I think the race to avoid the drop will be between Stevenage and Macclesfield (due to their points deduction), also Morecambe. And Stevenage have yet to travel to Morecambe and Macclesfield.