Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Fixture watching

You can't help at this stage of the season but to have a quick sneak or is it a desperate glance at the league table to see how others in and around you are doing as the matches come thick and fast. Even Eddie Howe admitted a few games ago that he looks at the table, while other managers always deny it. Sadly, it might not be giving Eddie as much pleasure as it was four games ago but we are still close enough to be a contender for promotion. 

On Tuesday night there were several games that I hoped would go AFCB's way, if there is such a thing when we are not even playing. Stevenage Borough were at home to Brentford and I hoped that Stevenage could do us a favour by slotting a few goals passed the Bees, even though they had lost their last five including a 2:0 away defeat to Brentford only last month.

Of course, all my prayers would be answered if Doncaster feel victim to a goal hungry FC Franchise team who seem to be the current draw specialists having drawn three and lost four of their last seven games. In fact, MK Dons hadn't won since before their FA Cup run ended. You can see why I wasn't feeling that confident of anyone doing AFCB a favour with the form of Stevange and Doncaster.

Still any help was welcome, but it was a real surprise to see both games go AFCB's way. What I find hard to fathom is while we are in a run of poor results, no team has really put their mark on winning the League One title at this stage. If Doncaster come a cropper at the Goldstands Stadium on Saturday, and yes I know that may seem unlikely considering the Cherries' form and Donny's recent form (excluding last night) and our pitch, things will close up again.

Things may go our way in a few of the games that other teams play for the rest of the season, but in the end the league does not lie they say and AFCB players have to earn that place in the top six. It wouldn't surprise me if we are all out of favours from here on in.

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