Town pair confident promotion is still very much on the cards this season

Town pair Jon Nolan and Luke Chambers believes that promotion is still very much on the cards come May.

Jon Nolan, who has started two of the last three games for Town, believes the division is a stronger one than what he experienced last time out with Shrewsbury.

“I’d say there are definitely stronger teams in the league this year than when I was at Shrewsbury though.” Nolan told the Club website.

“That season, it was only Wigan and Blackburn you looked at and said ‘they will go up’. You look at it this season, five, six, seven, eight teams. That has surprised me. There are no runaway leaders. It’s a very competitive league this year.

Despite the sides indifferent form, Nolan believes that promotion is still very much in our own hands.

“I said at the end of last season that with the squad we’ve got, we should have enough to go up and I still think that,” Nolan continued.

“Home games are going to be massive for us and when you look at the number we have, you think it’s an advantage to us.

“It’s in our own hands. We’ve got the ability. We are playing the teams that are around us at home so if we win, we take three points off them as well. It’s down to us.”

Skipper Luke Chambers has issued a challenge to his teammates to finish the season as they started. Paul Lambert’s side took 27 points from a possible 33, a recipe if repeated would guarantee play-offs, if not promotion for Blues.

“Only time will tell, but it felt like we got through a psychological barrier in some ways last week,” writes the Town skipper in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.

“There were a lot of nerves around the place. Everyone at the Club knows what is at stake and it was a game that we needed to win after some disappointing results.

“It’s no good performing like we did last week, though, and not following that up. That’s what it’s been like recently, doom and gloom one week, great buzz the next.

“The league is crazy because there is no real consistency and that is why you have seven or eight clubs fighting it out at the top. There is no stand-out team.

“We are only five points off top spot and things can change in a matter of a week. We’ve got to keep going and see where it takes us.

“We have 12 games left and if we finish the season like we started it, we will go up. It’s as simple as that.”