It is still more likely than not that we’ll make the play-offs but the defeat – and the manner of it – on Tuesday night to Lincoln still feels significant. We went toe-to-toe with a fellow promotion chaser and folded during the game’s big moments, and it’s the second time in quick succession – the previous instance being the Notts County game – where it’s happened. If we do make the play-offs, we’re going to have to toughen up in a very short space of time.
Four points from our remaining two games looks, on paper at least, to be eminently achievable – it could be even less if Mansfield fail to take the maximum number of points from their remaining games. However, anything less than a win here against Cheltenham makes it a nervy final day of the season against a Morecambe side that could well need a result to ensure they stay in the Football League.
Mark Robins really needs to avoid the temptation to make wholesale changes to the side that lost on Tuesday night. We can’t really afford yet another period without a settled side as those have been the periods where we’ve struggled to get results. It’s not just about holding onto a play-off spot, it’s about doing something with that opportunity to win promotion.