The point salvaged by Jordan Ponticelli’s impudent backheel had evaporated so quickly in front of our eyes at Notts County that it still feels difficult to compute the gravity of losing what was the biggest game of our season up until that point. While results in midweek have allowed us to hold onto our play-off spot, there is no denying that our hold on a play-off spot is slipping.
It’s not just the buffer being reduced to one point, but the sudden lose of form and any sense that Mark Robins knows his strongest team. Aside from Lee Burge in goal, Rod McDonald at centre-back, Michael Doyle in midfield and Marc McNulty up front, it feel as if Robins could be set to pick any combination of the remaining available players for this upcoming game against Crawley.
To be in such a situation with five games remaining and a play-off place on the line is really a cardinal sin. Our best runs this season have coincided with having a settled line-up, our poorer runs have been when Robins has tried to chop and change things. It doesn’t take a genius at this stage of the season to spot the trend, Robins should have known better than to pick the heavily-changed team he did at Notts County.