What a difference a few weeks can make.
Two wins, a professional job at Weston-super-Mare in the FA Cup and last Saturday’s come-from-behind victory at Rochdale, and the fans seem united again and there seems to be a bit of confidence back in the camp.
Most importantly at the weekend was the return of Theo Robinson to the scoresheet.
It’s fair to say that since he found the net on the opening day of the season at Yeovil it has been a disappointing start to League One for him.
Let’s hope that goal can give Paul Dickov something to think about over the coming games.
However, the player on everyone’s lips at present must be Curtis Main.
His finish against Bradford City was top drawer, yet he topped it again this week with a cocky, yet assured flick into the net from short range at Spotland.
Main is showing that he can deliver from long range and short, and with a current goal ratio of just over a goal to every two games he could be the man to put us back in the mix.
He also brings a much-needed physical presence to our forward line after losing Chris Brown at the start of the season, an attribute that in this league we know can make all the difference.
Dickov has dipped into the loan market with great assurance, again.
Regardless of which side of the fence you sit in the Dickov In/Out debate there’s no denying his eye for a good available signing.
In fact, I’d argue it is the quality of his signings which almost works against him, because it raises peoples’ expectations of achievement when we can bring in England youth internationals like Sam Johnstone.
I think we can all agree he looks easily the best keeper in this division. There’s no doubt he will cutting his teeth in the Championship, if not the Premier League, in the not-so-distant future.
So what if 16th isn’t quite what most fans expected? We might only be a bleak four points away from the drop zone but we are only an achievable seven points from the play-offs.
There’s a lot of mileage left in this season and I’ve seen enough spirited performances to feel safe.
I might even be guilty of being quietly confident in a late surge. Given our last visit to this league, we can dream can’t we?