WHILE we are battling to get away from the bottom of the Championship table, no-one should go and push the panic button.
There are 13 matches left in this campaign and we have to realise that the fight for survival is probably going to go right down to the wire for a lot of clubs.
Obviously we are hoping that we aren’t involved when it comes to the last throes of the season, but the only thing that matters when the final whistle is blown against Barnsley on May 4, is that we are still a Championship club.
There is a lot of football to be played between now and then and, as the Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones rightly pointed out, and awful lot of clubs have already been drawn into the scramble for points.
Having got the draw against Ipswich on Saturday as a boost, everyone is looking forward to travelling the short distance over the Burnley and trying to turn them over.
There are going to be weeks when we win and our rivals lose, and others where the opposite scenario is the case, and the key thing is not to get too carried away whichever way the results go.
I think Mark Robins described it as a ‘whirlwind’ since he came into the club and, to be fair, he hasn’t had very long at all to work with the players on the training ground and get them prepared for the matches we’ve had in that time.
He would probably love a full week to get everyone together and make a few points which he could drill home over several days, but at this stage of the season you don’t get that chance and, after tomorrow at Burnley and Saturday at Brighton, we have another Tuesday night of action against Middlesbrough here at the John Smith’s Stadium on March 5.
My own belief is that our quality will show itself again in the closing weeks of the season.
We had a magnificent start to the campaign, when our squad showed they were capable of competing with a beating some of the best teams in the division.
That quality is still here and, indeed, has been added to with the welcome return of Theo Robinson to the ranks, and once we have secured our safety, Mark will be able to apply fresh focus to the job in hand here and really put his own stamp on what he wants.