Nick Keeble’s ‘Life With the Blues’

Individual errors, the other team taking their chances but not lacking in effort was Mick McCarthy’s summing up of Town’s display against Wigan where we lost 3-1.

He didn’t say that most of the Wigan bench would probably make it straight into Town’s first team (indeed most of them played in Wigan’s subsequent 3-3 draw against Yeovil).

He was able to blood Williams and got some encouraging performances from others too.

The gap has opened between Town and the play-off chasers and I believe that this is just about where we should be and where we will be at the end of the season.

Not pessimism but realism.

Not disappointment but progress.

The last three games of March will be very tough.

Brighton, Derby and Forest all sit above Town in the Championship and by the end of the month, our season destiny is likely to have been decided.

Brighton have had a good season under Oscar Garcia and play Town after an unbeaten sequence of games against Reading, QPR and a much-improved Bolton.

There are no obvious stars, but Brighton have always been a bit like that.

Togetherness and teamwork that sees them punching above their weight.

Derby visit Portman Road and, apart from the odd stutter, haven’t looked back from that second-half performance against Town after a motivational talk from Steve McClaren saw them claw back a big deficit to draw 4-4.

They are the division’s second top scorers and nailed on certs for a top-six place.

Farmer McCarthy will be hoping his Tractor Boys lead those following Seagulls a merry dance and keep the Rams penned up (see what I’ve done there?)

For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (March 27) Echo.