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Looking for automatic promotion - 22/04/2004

Looking for automatic promotion
We need to win the last three games
   Queens Park Rangers
   Bristol City

We're not favourites to acheive automatic prmotion, but that hasn't stopped us beleiving that it can be done. Three wins out of three will see us push QPR all the way. Their run in isn't easy; facing a trip to Plymouth, a home game against Swindon and then finally they're away to Sheff Wed. If we do manage to pick up the maximum of nine points, we're right there to take advantage of any slip up. We've Brighton and Blackpool at home, with an away match aganst Barnsley in between. We're capable of winning these games, our team spirit is excellent and we'll certainly give it our best shot.

We've done OK against our main rivals; beating QPR and Plymouth, drawing away to Swindon, but losing at Kenilworth Road. On paper the hardest games are behind us, but that doesn't mean we're taking anything for granted. Our focus is good and the team spirit is excellent. Scott Murray re-signed for us and a great deal was expected from him. It was never going to be easy for him and those expecting him to pick up from where he left off were always going to be disappointed. Tony Rougier has done well when Scott picked up an injury and that's just one example of our squad strength.

If we don't go up automatically then it wont be a disaster, but I don't fancy extending the season by another three weeks and having to deal with the physical and mental stress of the play-off's. We know what we have to do....

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