Date: 21st March 2010 at 7:23pm
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Optimistic? Deluded? Or just putting on a brave face for the cameras? Gary Ablett has been reaffirming his ‘belief’ that we can avoid the drop to League Two this season.

Ablett, whose County side have taken just one point from the run of three home matches which we all saw as the run of games that could keep us up, talks of winning all remaining nine matches and climbing to ‘possible safety’, however impossible it seems.

‘I think the situation is getting a little too much for some of the players now.’

‘But I don’t accept that we are down. We’ve nine games left so there’s still 27 points to play for.’

‘Not many will give us a chance and with the confidence draining and belief going, it is going to be difficult.’

Well, you have to hand it to him. He’s not giving up as most of us maybe have done – you could argue we’re more concerned with the off-field matters – and he still seems to be trying to drill into his players that it isn’t over for us this season. He may come out of it looking a bit deluded, but it’s a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t for him. He comes out and says ‘we can stay up’, he get’s laughed at. He could come out and say ‘alright lads, let’s give up now and collect our wage packet anyway.’ And then he’d be slated.

He, and the players, have to keep going for the pride of the shirt and I’m sure they will.

Ablett has also been speaking of the goal-drought of our team, taken to 7 and a half hours after the match on Saturday.

‘You can’t account for strikers missing the target. We’re getting into positions but we don’t seem to have the confidence to stick chances away. What can you do? We just have to keep going.’