If you were listening very carefully as the full-time whistle blew on Saturday you could hear a faint heartbeat, as Town’s win at Prenton Park breathed life into our 2018/19 campaign.
A superb first half performance from Richie Wellens’ side proved too much for their hosts as Town left with all the points, the first side to do so since September.
New arrival Ali Koiki will look back fondly on his first senior start as the young full-back impressed throughout, and provided a pinpoint cross for Marc Richards to score his second goal in three games.
Koiki didn’t look overly confident when defending at times but for a first senior start in his career he did himself proud, I look forward to seeing him progress over the season.
After collecting seven points from a possible nine over the past three league games Town now find themselves just four points from the playoffs with 17 league games still to be played.
On paper this side under it’s new management has a big chance of making the next five months something to remember. My heart tells me we can finish inside the top seven, but my brain is telling me this squad is far too inconsistent to reach those heights.
Having said that, the arrivals of Danny Rose from Portsmouth on a free transfer and Tom Broadbent from Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee may mean our inconsistent days could be a thing of the past.
Both players looked solid on their debuts with centre-back Tom Broadbent being thrown straight into the starting line-up and not looking fazed, hopefully the former Army man will provide the leadership we’ve been missing at the back this season.
Danny Rose came on as a second half substitute and didn’t have much time to make an impression, but from what I’ve seen and heard from Portsmouth fans, we’ve signed ourselves a talented player who has been there and done it when it comes to escaping the football league’s basement.
With Town edging slowly towards the playoffs every game takes on extra significance, especially home games, making the next fortnight a key period in the season as Town welcome 17th place Crawley Town this Saturday to Wiltshire, with 7th place Forest Green Rovers making the short trip to the County Ground seven days later.
We all know from past seasons watching Town fight for promotion, you have to win your home games to stand any chance, so both these games will provide a real gauge to where this squad can take this club.