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The end of the season is nigh

The end is looking nigh for Millwall after defeat at Blackburn last night. The deadly duo of Gestede and Rhodes banging another nail in the Lions’ coffin, only emphasizing how disappointing Rovers have been this season and I will be amazed if Gary Bowyer can keep his strike pair for another year in The Championship.

Millwall host play-off chasing Derby on Saturday and have to win. Rotherham have Norwich visiting and then their game in hand is at home to Reading next Tuesday. Next week is when the Millers should find out about their ineligible player. It is hard to see the Football League making such a crucial decision by docking Rotherham points, especially when they fined Blackpool £30,000, half of which was suspended, for a similar incident earlier this season.

Just two games left of this dotty season for the Addicks then, and since our own security was met I have loved watching the promotion race. It has been great fun to watch, and for any real football fan makes the chase for 4th place in the Premier League a mockery for the word excitement.

All eyes will be on Middlesbrough Saturday, who travel to Fulham, who are now safe. Fulham have been useless this season, and frankly an embarrassment to their supporters. However if they beat Boro and both Watford and Bournemouth win, then the promotion race will be decided by the time the Cherries show up at The Valley on Saturday week. Watford are away at Brighton, but for some reason Bournemouth don’t play Bolton until Monday.

Likewise for the play-off places both Brentford and Wolves have to win to take it into the final weekend. The Bees are at Reading, and Wolves can put Wigan out of their misery at the DW.

I was at Birmingham for the game against them last season, and I wrote at the time that St Andrews was a graveyard of it’s former self and the noisy band of Addicks dominated the atmosphere from start to finish that day. For me at least it was no surprise that the Blues found themselves in such a hole at the end of last season and were extremely fortunate to start this season in the 2nd tier.

Lee Clark’s managerial career since leaving Huddersfield has been nothing short of a disaster and huge credit then to ex-Addick Gary Rowett, who has done a great job there since he took over in October with Birmingham 2nd from bottom.

Saturday will also allow Addicks’ to give a warm thank you to Michael Morrison, who was hugely significant in the Blues turnaround under Rowett, who was his first signing. Morrison was excellent at Charlton, and I still shake my head at the circumstances that allowed him to leave, especially now with Bikey and Ben Haim not looking like they are in Guy Luzon’s plans.

180 more minutes before the curtain is drawn on this season.

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