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DAN THE FAN: Has one failed clearance ended our playoff hopes?
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DAN THE FAN: Has one failed clearance ended our playoff hopes?

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Is that it? Is that finally it? Do we now stop thinking about the possibility of our season extending beyond May 4th?

After going back and forth over the last couple of months, I’m pretty sure we can now put to rest any thoughts of promotion after only taking a point against Oldham Athetic at Boundary Park, meaning we’ve only earned three points from the past three games.

Since taking Bury to pieces at the end of March Town have let a real chance of a top seven place slip away thanks to stupid, easily avoidable mistakes.

Such as defending a 91st minute set piece at home to Yeovil, or a defender failing to clear his lines resulting in an equalising goal.

Mistakes happen in every game of football, but this season it seems we’ve made crucial errors at key times, costing us valuable points.

Which makes looking at our last four games of the season incredibly frustrating as Town don’t face another side currently sitting higher than 14th in the League Two table.

Cambridge (a), Crewe (h), Cheltenham (a) & Notts County (h) are all that’s left of this forgettable campaign.

All these games are winnable, especially as the first three sides aren’t fighting for survival or promotion. Making our inevitable failure to reach the top seven infuriating come the last game of the season.

Looking back to last Saturday, unfortunately it was 19-year-old on loan defender Ali Koiki who made that key mistake giving the home side the opportunity to take an underserved point after Richie Wellens side played well enough to earn a maximum return in greater Manchester.

Since his arrival the Burnley defender hasn’t been able to show much consistency with his game. One week looking a decent full-back, the next failing with a standard clearance from box.

When you take youth team players on loan you do so knowing the risks, and inconsistency is one of those as they learn their game, sometimes at the clubs expense, but there are many upsides to the loan market as we’ve seen many times over the years.

But after a string of underwhelming performances I would start Matt Taylor as full-back for the next game on Friday, which will give the loanee a chance to rest and install some much needed experience at the back.

One player that has gone under the radar since his return from injury in mid-March is midfielder Danny Rose.

The former Portsmouth man has played well in the majority of his appearances for Town scattered with a few mistakes that would be ironed out his game with a long run in the first team.

In January the 31-year-old signed an initial deal until the end of the season but with the club having an option to extend his deal by a further year.

It’s clear to see how important he has been to the side in the last month and I’m sure with Richie Wellens picking Rose in his eleven six games in-a-row, the club will take up that option of a further year and he’ll be a key player for Town next season.

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