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Editors Blog: The Championship Survival Run In

That win over Rotherham United at the weekend gave a brief glimmer of hope to the club. Nine games to save our season and a six point gap over Rotherham and Fulham. With Brighton and Huddersfield looking over their shoulders.

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Unfortunately the time is closing fast for last placed Blackpool FC. A team which was assembled more or less over night has fought all season for every point they could get, that though has resulted in just 22 points. They are now 18 points adrift in the final relegation spot. I think their fate is sealed.

Above them are Millwall on 31 points and ourselves on 34 points, both of whom have dreams of survival, and maybe just maybe one of us could creep out of the bottom three. Looking at just at who plays who and whether or not we can get ourselves out of this mess, shows that it isn't going to be easy.

One thing that is certain is that if we are going to get out of the relegation zone then the next two games, both at home are going to be huge. We haven't won at home since beating Birmingham City back in September; we have five home games and we need to be close to winning all of them.

Unfortunately for us the teams above us have the much easier run ins than we do, yet maybe that could play into our hands. We seem to like playing against teams who are going to come at us and attack us; we then hit them on the counter. Five games against teams who are in the promotion hunt.

Millwall I think aren't going to have enough to get the points they need to get out of the bottom three. Like ourselves they play five of the promotion chasing teams, and their poor recent form needs to change if they are going to survive.

Rotherham United and Fulham who sit above us on 40 points will be hoping that the six point cushion is enough to keep them safe. If it isn't they have games which they will be hoping to win, Fulham and ourselves face off in a few weeks. That could be a massive game in terms of survival for either team.

You look further up the table and you wonder if Brighton and Huddersfield are worrying about relegation. Brighton could be come Sunday if we manage two wins and they don't manage to pick anything up, against Millwall and Blackburn, as we would close the gap to just one point.

It really is all to play for from all sides. The great thing about the Championship is that you just don't know who will beat who. If one team manages to get a run together they could shoot up the table and someone else will be worrying nervously as they fall into the relegation spots.

Huddersfield could be one such team who, although have a nine point gap over us, have only won two of their last ten games. Their final nine is not an easy run in at all, they do face Blackpool away on the final day of the season, if it comes down to the last game of the season that could add an interesting component.

Between now and the end of the season every game is going to matter, and as the weeks go by they are going to matter more and more. Come Sunday we will all have a better idea of just what is at stake from there on, with seven games to go, it could be well and truly wide open. That is if our lads find their feet and starting winning games at the DW Stadium.

Our survival will only be won if we win at home.