Easy Like Monday Morning!
So we can now safely say that we will not be playing League One football next season! When I was travelling home from another defeat to Sheffield United on a cold Tuesday night in January, I would have thought you would be mad to suggest we would be safe with 5 games to go. So well done to Brian McDermott and his side, its enjoyable to watch RFC again and there is a really positive buzz around the place. With a few additions, we could be real promotion contenders next
Stop being so negative I hear you cry, well those of you that are still dreaming of the play offs anyway. I don't think we will gate crash the end of season party, but this week will make or break whether we have any real hope. 3 games in 8 days, including both of our games in hand, are what we face. Its a tough ask but stranger things have happened.
Newcastle on Tuesday night is a game I am looking forward to, we were out classed up there in only our second league fixture of the season and we will be keen to get one over the already promoted Magpies. With the likes of Kevin Nolan and Jonas Gutierrez on show it is sure to be a decent game and I fancy us to nick a point.
So from all of that its clear I fancy us to be playing championship football next season, and that is why I was gutted to see Swindon lost on Saturday. Its not often that I say that but it would be fantastic to see them get that second automatic promotion slot from League One and we would have a local derby again. They do now look outsiders with one of Leeds and Millwall set to take that spot, but they do have the Lions on the last day of the season so anything is still possible and then they still stand a chance in the play offs. I'm sure I am not alone in hoping for a visit to the county ground next season - its been a while!
Finally, just a little heads up on the Vital Reading player of the season voting which will open up after the game against Scunthorpe next Tuesday. Start thinking about the player you will be voting for, will it be the obvious choice of Gylfi Sigurdsson or Ryan Bertrand or maybe you have someone else in mind?