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Dan Clough blog: Rovers must put a winning run together to have a hope
A PLACE in the play-offs is looking more and more like a pipe dream for Rovers this season.
We all, understandably, perhaps got a little carried away after the win at Arsenal, and perhaps it made the players a little complacent after picking up just a point in the two games since.
It is becoming increasingly unlikely that we will be pushing for promotion come the end of the season as we just cannot put together a good enough run of form to close the seven-point gap that has now opened up.
Couple that with the sheer volume of clubs vying for fifth and sixth and we have a mammoth task on our hands.
That said, any hope Michael Appleton still harbours is reliant on the next few matches.
We face another stuttering side in Leicester tonight. The early front-runners have picked up just a point in four games.
After that we have a March of winnable games, with Peterborough, Burnley and Blackpool – none of whom are setting the world on fire – at home, and a solitary away league match at Bolton.
This is where we need to put a run together. And by a run I mean four or five wins on the bounce.
Failing that, it is time to take stock and concentrate on building a side to go for it next year.
Sandwiched in the middle of a vitally important March is a Sunday stroll to Millwall in the FA Cup quarter final. One game away from a Wembley semi-final, it is an exciting time for Rovers fans. But we must remain focused on what is most important, and that is league success.
Meanwhile reports Leon Best could be back in contention for the Peterborough game come as a huge boost.
We have struggled to score in the last couple of games and it would be great to have another striker in our squad. I was at Fleetwood in pre-season to see the game when Best got injured and, until he did, he was the best player on the pitch.
Perhaps a Rhodes-Best partnership could be just what we need.