We might try to escape our impending doom in life, but it always catches up with us. However much you may want to bury your head in the sand or roll up in a ball and quietly sob there is nothing you can do about it.
It’s the time of the season when there is often an air of resignation handing around, just look at the Stoke City players after they blew a one nil lead against Burnley. Sometimes you just know there is nothing you can do to alter your destiny.
Bolton Wanderers are not yet in that position though.
Realistically we have a one in three chance of avoiding the drop with Burton Albion and Barnsley snapping at our heals. But it can be done. We have shown during this season that we can compete in this league, even against the strongest sides like Cardiff City and Aston Villa. We have hit a poor run of form at the worst time, but there is still time, albeit not much.
Burton and Nottingham Forest are both beatable. Knowing Bolton it won’t be that simple, but we can get the points on the board.
Barnsley also have Forest but then face Brentford and Derby County who are both chasing a play off place. Derby will have their eyes firmly set on their annual implosion, and may well have got this out of the way by the time they play Barnsley with Cardiff and Villa coming up. But hopefully between them Brentford and Derby can keep Barnsley at bay.
Burton end the season at Preston North End who may still be in with a chance of a play off place. Preston face a misfiring Sheffield United in the meantime so will fancy their chances of still being in the hunt on the last day of the season.
Judgement day is nearly upon us and it is now we need every one of the players and management team to stand up and be counted, and to show the spirt which so many Bolton sides have shown down the years. People are drawing parallels to last years season defining game at Port Vale where for a few minutes Bolton had secured promotion to the Championship. We need to show that drive again against Burton and get a win which may well have the same result as then, leaving Bolton on the brink of achieving something which at the beginning of the season seemed highly unlikely.