It’s serious now, really serious. Last week’s win over Peterborough United puts us to within a point of the play-offs, sixth-place Doncaster Rovers are away to league-leaders Luton Town, there is a realistic chance of moving into the top six with a win here over Oxford United. With our remaining away fixtures against teams currently above us in the table, it makes it important that we make the most of our remaining home fixtures to ensure that we are at least within three points of Doncaster Rovers to make the final day of the season a pre-play-offs play-off.
Mark Robins’ job of selecting the team is straightforward at the moment, don’t change a thing. With a solid and settled defensive unit, the big difference over the past month has been the midfield and attack clicking into gear.
The addition of Bright Enobakhare has provided us with an important fulcrum into the final third, while providing individual moments of unpredictability to diversify our attacking threat. With Jordy Hiwula and Amadou Bakayoko coming into form, we appear to be more confident of scoring goals from an array of sources, while Tom Bayliss and Luke Thomas remain consistent threats and Liam Kelly patrols the base of midfield with calm authority.
The one unenforced change may possibly be Junior Brown for Brandon Mason – who is both not in great form and still struggling for fitness. Luke Thomas is a fitness concern after the kick to the face he sustained in last week’s win over Peterborough United, but from the sounds of things, he’ll be okay to be involved in this game.