WEDNESDAY can send hopes of a promotion challenge next season soaring by finishing the current campaign with a flourish, believes Nicky Wicker.
The insists that the immediate target is to win the two remaining games and try to end the season in the top half of League One.
But he also feels that by doing so the club will be setting the right sort of course for next season, and building on their improved home form after winning their last four Hillsborough contests.
“It’s just a pity the home form wasn’t like this in the middle of the season, when we really needed it,” he said.
“We’ve come good towards the end; it’s good that we’ve given the fans something to cheer about and optimism for next season.
“Although these next two games are important, it’s all about next season and what we can achieve then.
“Hopefully we can get ourselves into the top half of the table; it just gives the whole place and fans a feelgood factor and plenty of optimism for next year; hopefully we can achieve then what we set out to achieve this season.”
He also reckons that there are lessons to be learned: “Everyone connected with the club realises how difficult it is in this division. At the time I signed in August and, particularly after the first few games, everybody thought we were going to be winning this league. It didn’t happen.
“There are a lot of good teams in this division. Just because some of the teams have players you haven’t heard of, it doesn’t mean they’re not good sides.”
With Chesterfield coming up, more games in the North, and the possibility of Sheffield United being relegated, he is eager for 2011-12.
“There are going to be good sides coming down and coming up,” he said. It will be a great year. Hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes and kick on.
“There’s going to be some good local fotball; a lot of our games this season have been down South. It’s going to be great for fans that they will get easier access to games.”