The Sky Bet League One relegation scrap is arguably the most intense in the EFL this season and it’s conceivable that about half of the table is looking over their shoulder.
From Burton Albion in 11th down to Bradford City in 23rd, there are just ten points in it – whilst AFC Wimbledon haven’t given up hope in 24th a further four points back.
Indeed, at this point of the season, it’s going to come down to who can get on a run of form to get themselves out of trouble – Plymouth Argyle once again look destined to be testament to that.
And, that said, those around Bradford City might well be concerned by the departure of David Hopkin and the famed new-manager bounce that could ensue at Valley Parade.
Of course, such a term actually requires tangible fan approval and improved player morale on the appointment of a new man, but if the Bantams get it right, and it’s a big if, the springboard will be primed for launch.
For sure, with the way it’s gone at Valley Parade this season and with players underperforming, there are no guarantees, but it’s still going to make those around them watch with intent, as they fight their own battles.
Rochdale, of course, have slipped down the table and into the mire thanks to an appalling goals against record and a run of form that, at this point in the season, must be addressed as soon as – Walsall, take note.
AFC Wimbledon we’ve mentioned, of course, whilst the likes of Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury – who have both showed ever so slight improvements in recent weeks – both have a game in hand over the Bantams and will look to use that to their advantage.
Oxford United, meanwhile, continue to under-achieve and with Rovers, in particular, having that game extra they too will be hoping that the Yorkshire-outfit gets another managerial appointment all wrong so they at least don’t turn up the wick.
For sure, many sides in the league, whilst focusing on themselves in the main, will be watching developments at Valley Parade closely in the coming days.
And, as things stand, it’s Oxford, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers who will perhaps have the keenest of eyes on it all.