With minutes left of the recent clash between Lincoln City and Stevenage, the leaders were 2-0 to the good.
In a tough battle, the Imps had bagged twice through former QPR winger Bruno Andrade. They looked to be retaining their four point lead over closest challengers Bury and closing their grip on a League One promotion.
All afternoon, one man had been a thorn in their side. Ilias Chair, an attacker currently on loan from QPR, had been peppering shots in from all angles. He was a tricky little customer, ducking a diving with the ball but not able to quite find his sights.
In just six minutes at the end of the game he blew the League Two title race open and maybe sent a clear message to Steve McClaren. Firstly, he pulled a goal back, flicking an effort in from the left hand side and over keeper Grant Smith.
Then he did exactly the same, only for Jason Shackell to clear of the line. Once bitten, twice shy? Not in Lincoln’s case as he drew the game level with a screamer from 20-yards.
There was still time for him to test Smith again, this time the keeper palmed over. It seemed every time the ball dropped anywhere, Chair was there. He was the difference between defeat and a point. if the game had gone on for five more minutes, he might have given them all three.
After the game the confident 21-year-old claimed he could have had six goals. He wasn’t far off either, he had more efforts at goal than all of the other players on the pitch put together.
He won’t want to be plying his trade at the Lamex with Stevenage though, he’ll want to be back at QPR where he already has four starts in the Championship.
Did he do enough to warrant a recall? He might have thought so, but Steve McClaren won’t be so hasty. The player is there to get minutes and confidence and this weekend against Northampton, he could push his current club into the top seven.
If he repeats his Lincoln heroics again, maybe then the Hoops boss might be thinking of dragging him back to Loftus Road for the run in.