Z175 I'm nervous! I dont get the relaxed attitiude. 10 years ago we were sent down by Fulham winning 3 in a row and winning away for the first time in a year. I think we can assume we will lose both our games (pretty likely given our Sat 3pm home record and Cardiff's form). I know Ipswich are rudderless but we couldnt beat Sunderland!
If we can mathematically go down on the last day I think we will, given ours is the hardest game that day.
Barnsley maybe 5 points behind but its that time of year when the bottom 3 pick up more wins. They have a huge opportunity tonight to get one of the 2 wins they need and then we are relying on playoff chokers Brentford and Derby to hold their nerve against a team fighting for their lives. I wouldn't bet against Derby collapsing to 7th 8th at home on the last day as Barnsley take 3 points... All the permutations of who plays who for the top 6 will echo down to the bottom 6 too I think...
Bolton do indeed look pretty dead and buried BUT both them and Burton can't lose on Saturday, so we need something to avoid them being within striking distance on final day. Burton would go to Preston (probably out of top 6 by then) with 3 wins on the spin, or a rejuvenated Bolton would have given themselves hope with win v Burton and look to finish the job v the abysmal Forest at home.
Birmingham might come through for us yet - their form is much better than ours but QPR away and Fulham at home are v tough (dpeending on which QPR they play). Anything at all for them v QPR and they can catch us. 4 defeats for us and them and we stay up ahead of them and one of Bolton/Burton!
Paul Clement has spoken about watching Forest v Barnsley if it is on TV tonight - well guess what Paul it isn't as the CL is on. Its a ludicrous thing to say (given no result can mathematically change anything for us), so every ounce of focus should be on Ipswich. If we win that it's safety whatever. Its symptomatic of a team sleepwalking to relegation for the manger to be talking about Forest Barnsley - thats for interest fan forums!
Bolton and Barnsley aren't Fulham and this isn't 10 years ago. Neither Bolton or Barnsley have it in them to win two games in a row so we are safe on that front, not because we will necessarily get ourselves out of trouble.
Saying that I think we will beat Ipswich this Saturday to put it beyond doubt. We can then go to Cardiff with no pressure on us and stitch up Colin.