Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Light At The End Of The Tunnel...

What a huge difference a week makes. The despair of that home defeat against Barnsley now forgotten following yesterday's unbelievable result at Hillsborough and Friday's credible draw against in-form Bolton. Four priceless points that have projected Charlton up to 18th and to within touching distance of safety. 
Yeovil cannot catch us now and Barnsley can only finish higher than us on goal difference, and even that relies on us loosing our remaining three fixtures and them winning both of theirs. Realistically it looks like it's come down to one from five for the remaining relegation place, and with us sat at the top of that mini-league, we are in pole position to retain our Championship status. Our destiny is in our own hands.
Doncaster look to have the toughest run-in with a home game against Reading followed by an away game at Champions-elect, Leicester City. It's hard to see them getting a win from either of those and even two draws may leave them nervously biting their nails as the season draws to a close. Our not-so-friendly neighbours face QPR away and Bournemouth at home but after a recent up-turn in form I think they will be safe. Birmingham face Leeds and Wigan at home then finish up at Bolton on the final day. Despite loosing their last three games, I think they'll claw their way across the finishing line.
Blackpool look doomed. Off the pitch the club is in turmoil and on it their season has got progressively worse. They have Wigan away next Saturday followed by our visit on the final day. We managed to capitalise on both Nottingham Forest and Leed's off-field problems and grab vital wins recently, but would it be pushing our luck to expect the same at Blackpool? Hopefully we will already be safe by then and then the travelling Addicks can enjoy a day out by the seaside.
For what it's worth, I think another win from our remaining three games and we will be safe. Given the pressure cooker stress levels from the Addickted this season, if we do survive then don't be surprised if we get that pitch invasion that we was cheated out of after winning League One!
This wretched season is nearly over. The light at the end of the tunnel is slowly getting brighter.  

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