RUFC - Points in the bag or games in hand?
Rotherham United had another game called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch - and I think most of us have grumbled about the state of the Don Valley pitch but, as they say, beggars can`t be choosers and we`ve got to live with it for the time being.
But, this isn`t another moan about the pitch or saying if we`d still been at Millmoor the game would have gone ahead - we can`t possibly know that. This is about having games in hand on other sides.
As I type the Millers are in third place in League Two with fifty points having played thirty-one games. Both Shrewsbury and Chesterfield, who are above Rotherham have also played thirty-one games - and yes, we could still catch them both and overtake them before Torquay come to Don Valley in May for that final game of the season.
Talking about Torquay - they are currently two places below the play-off positions but, having only played twenty-nine games, and having the Millers to play twice before the end of the season, they could well go above us. As could the teams who are currently in positions fourth-sixth - although, of course, a lot depends on who they all have to play. In fact, looking at the present table, Burton Albion, who are in twenty-second place, one above the relegation line, could get into the play-off places, having only played twenty-five games (when they are going to fit all their extra games in, I have no idea!).
But, talking about the Millers in third place, what would you rather have at this stage of the season - points in the bag or games in hand?
For me it`s a difficult choice. For instance, if we`d played Shrewsbury on Saturday we would have been without Ryan Taylor, Ryan Cresswell and Ian Thomas-Moore. I can`t see us getting this game played before the end of March looking at the fixture lists and by then, hopefully, all three will be back in contention. On the other hand, of course, our on-loan players may not be with us and we could well pick up more injuries or red cards before that game takes place.
Of course, we will never know what the outcome of the postponed games would have been. We won`t know if the team would have had a great game or the Shrews would have taken us to the cleaners. But, I am almost certain a Saturday game would have generated more revenue for the club with more people there to support the Millers.
Then again, we do have to win those games in hand to get the points. And we could really do without the 'ifs' and the 'buts'.
So, surely, it`s better to have the points already in the bag?
Or is it?
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