Haven't we been here before?
Here's hoping we're as fortunate during this season's run-in, as we were during last season's, and that the end result is the same.
Sadly, I'm no longer sure it will be.
There should - but likely won’t - be a detailed postmortem, regardless.
Ignore the 'poor little Maidenhead' card (played when it suits) and the deluded sentiment that avoiding relegation would bring a 'real sense of achievement' (symptomatic of an environment where underachievement is rewarded, let alone tolerated).
Perhaps there are, as claimed, 'less little teams' in the division these days, but it seems to me that most of the so-called big teams have cut their cloth somewhat in recessionary times. Woking, for example, have got their financial house in order following relegation from the Conference National.
The Cards are, of course, Champions-elect (they can win the title at York Road this coming Saturday) yet have been beaten twice this season by not-so-mighty Maidenhead United, including a famous 4-1 humbling in the FA Cup.
Proof, methinks, that the gulf in class between the top and bottom sides in the Conference South has diminished over the years (despite claims, by some, to the contrary). More so, that this Magpie team should not be second bottom and staring relegation in the face, with three games to go.
Unnamed 'more senior' players (signed and selected by whom?) have been blamed publicly for Monday's second half capitulation against Farnborough, but the buck ultimately stops with one man ... and those responsible for repeatedly awarding needless multi-year contract extensions.
"A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit" ~ Arnold H. Glasow