According to most fans, that, appears to be game over.
Chesterfield seven points from safety, with a terrible goal difference having just had a disastrous series of results in a four match “relegation mini league.”
One hard won point against Gillingham but losses against Oldham, Northampton, and now Bury, leave the Spireites requiring snookers.
In all those matches there were periods where we were on top and could have got a better result , but we have to face facts and realise that the team isn’t good enough and hasn’t played consistently well for 90 minutes in any match this season.
In reality we need eight wins from 14 games to be safe and since our longest winning streak all season has been two league victories on the trot, most of us can’t see that happening.
It was a game of two halves against Bury, they didn’t produce much first half and we got the goal. But, what a second half.
Dependant on your viewpoint we either sat back and invited pressure or simply weren’t good enough.
The return of Ebanks-Blake raised a few eyebrows, but with Ched Evans out injured, Gary Caldwell had few other options and to be fair, the out of favour striker played well and set up the goal.
Kristian Dennis who scored, says the players haven’t given up hope, but looking on message boards there are few fans who think we will stay up.
We’ve had two managers this season and amazingly we were actually top of the league on Tuesday the 16th August. However no league wins between 17th September and 22nd November really saw a dramatic fall from grace, which the club has never recovered from.
It’s amazing as a fan, how you can grasp at straws in the face of reality.
Before the game on 5 Live I was listening to a football fan on 5 live, who had been to all 92 grounds and when asked where the best pies were, in his opinion he said they were at the Proact stadium.
Clearly this was a good omen? When our new German keeper saved the penalty, I thought it had to be our day, surely we’d be able to kick the ball down Sheffield Road for 10 minutes and then fall over like John Sheridan’s Oldham Athletic to seal the points?
As it was it ended in a way Thorsten Stuckmann would rather forget.
Away days are now a drinking session interrupted by a football match for many with more talk of which pubs to visit, rather than the hope of any victories, for many of us the only concern is that we don’t finish rock bottom below Coventry.