IF ever there was a lesson for match programme editors in not counting the proverbial chickens before they are hatched it came in `Tigers,' the Hull City publication.
Phrases from the chairman such as `we have been in the top three all year purely on merit and that is where we will finish,' followed by a list of past promotions may yet come back to haunt.
In the cauldron atmosphere of the magnificent KC Stadium, the Terriers hardly needed motivation but any dressing room read would only have served to increase determination. And that quality, certainly in the second half of this season, is something they have not been short of.
Yet again that communicated itself to both sets of fans and after 20 minutes a 6/1 sound advantage was being slowly eroded as the home spectators woke up to the fact that they had a massive battle on their hands and the promised promotion party was seriously in doubt. Another couple of top drawer saves from Rachubka coupled with the mean defensive five, starring the bandaged Mirfin, ensured yet another clean sheet, the 16th of the campaign.
Worthington and Schofield caused enough problems to shade the midfield battle and, up front, Boothy and Macca were always a handful. What a pity that combination couldn't finish the best chance of the match as the young 'un just failed to hook the old 'un's knock-on over the line.
As we left the stadium the `Tigers' editor was seen scrambling in his satchel for the directions to Yeovil - a reminder that Torquay was in the next county was greeted with a single finger response: Touchy!
Whatever the outcome of the next fortnight, the architects of the Great Escape, with more than a little help from Gerry Murphy, have now written all but the final chapter of the Great Endeavour.