After last weekend’s draw against Notts County, Brentford have left themselves with a huge amount to do to keep their chances of a spot in the League 1 play offs going for another week. With three games left, even three wins might not be enough. The team travels to play against Stevenage knowing that their season will effectively be over if they fail to win.
Stranger things have happened but few will be expecting Bury to take points off Notts County in the early kick off. If they do, it will boost both the Bees and Stevenage players in the dressing room. Both might also hope that Sheffield Wednesday grasp the chance to keep their opportunity to challenge for the second automatic promotion slot by winning against Carlisle, which would benefit the winner of the Bees v Stevenage game. However, a draw there might be best for the Bees as it would result in Wednesday retaining only a crazy mathematical chance of automatic promotion if their local rivals win against MK Dons (Wednesday would need to make up a goal difference of 13 in their last two games while the Blades lost both of their final games). They might then rest up their players a little for their game against Brentford in a week’s time. Or they might feel deflated at missing out on automatic promotion. Or they might have a team filled with players looking to win their places in the big knock out games. A Carlisle win would be the worst outcome, keeping them with a lead over Brentford.
With over a thousand of the 1400 away tickets sold yesterday there’s will be a good following for the Bees. It will unfortunately have to go down as another game I can’t make – rather too long a journey to risk not getting a seat. The £12 cost for children also seems a bit steep.
Sadly Ceefax has now gone off the air, so I won’t be able to follow the action that way (somehow the online commentaries aren’t as compelling – just as for me the detailed match highlights in modern football management PC games are less exciting than the low-res versions on Football Manager on the ZX Spectrum in my childhood). Still, fingers crossed that the season stays alive for another week and another game I won’t be at in the hope that there is something to play for at Chesterfield in a fortnight.
Apologies to Butthole Surfers fans for the dreadful pun in the title.