I’m not bothered about winning the title. I’m really not. Perhaps it’s because it’s such a weird concept for us after more than 30 years of resolutely not winning titles. I figure the title is a by-product of winning promotion and that only after that happens do you start worrying about the top spot. By that point, of course, the title may be long gone, but if it isn’t then you have a little scrap over it. Just for bad.
So, at the moment, it’s all about looking down rather than up. We’ve only played three league games this year and, despite this, we remain 4 points clear with games in hand on all the teams around us.
The Mansfield game provides an opportunity to put more points into Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth, who you’d imagine are real contenders for the automatic places. It’s no gimme though; Mansfield are 4th although they’ve played three games more than us, and this will be the first game in a while where the Kassam with echo with Tuesday night disinterest. It’s going to be an interesting and very different test of our promotion credentials.