ROTHERHAM United have six matches left in which to turn their season around although, should the current form continue, the sixth match may not matter!
The team’s slump in the second half of the season has been, along with the rise of Stevenage and Accrington Stanley, one of the major surprises of the League Two season.
They head off to Cheltenham on Saturday still very much involved in the race for the play-offs.
And whilst they can still talk of having a chance of the top three, it is asking a heck of a lot and, being realistic, is a chance that looks to have gone.
That’s simply because it requires the seven teams immediately above them to all fall away and the record books show that while teams near the top can get the wobbles later on it’s unlikely all of them will keep faltering match after match.
Even the prospect of winning, say, five of their last six and drawing the other, probably still wouldn’t be enough.
No, it’s the play-offs or bust and few would have reckoned on their current position of 10th as they eased into the second half of the season.
In fact, after winning at Macclesfield at the beginning of January, they were second, two points behind leaders Chesterfield.
It has been more or less a slide since then.The home defeat to Morecambe on Saturday was their 19th game since the Macclesfield one.
They have won five, drawn four and lost 10. That equates, over a season, to a point a game - near enough relegation form as makes no difference.
It is an astonishing turn-round in fortunes, caused mainly by a losing run away from home.
Caretaker-manager Andy Liddell, assisted by Paul Warne and the staff, remains positive and when one thinks back to the excellent form up to the New Year then he has every right to be.
“I believe in these players and believe that we can still get to where we want to be and where the chairman wants to be,” says Liddell.
“He will stop at nothing to get this club where he wants to go so those who want to be part of it ... then they’ve got to get results. I’m afraid performances like Saturday won’t get those results.”
Rotherham go to Cheltenham this Saturday.