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ARLukomski: Notts County must make the most of upcoming fixtures as League Two promotion race gets ever tighter

We have some very winnable fixtures coming up against a Newport County side fresh off a cup run and a 5-0 dismantling at the hands of Mansfield Town. We play a Cambridge United side who are in a period of transition after a change in ownership and the resignation of Shaun Derry. We also have a home game against Stevenage to finish off the month, in which Boro have one of the worst away records in the division.

We then face trips to Cheltenham Town and Forest Green, but after that the run-in gets very tricky. We have games against promotion rivals Mansfield, Wycombe Wanderers, Coventry City, Accrington Stanley and Luton Town, plus a difficult game away at Colchester United

As I said, the fixtures coming up have to be won as we have some massive games later on and the points picked up now could prove the difference between automatic promotion and playoffs.

Notts have to beat their promotion rivals and have to pick up their away form, which has only seen five away wins all season. Nine wins from the last fourteen should be enough to see us over the line.

But there are other things to consider. A lot of the other promotion contenders have still got to play each other.

Exeter City play Mansfield this Saturday. Coventry have to play Mansfield and Wycombe this month still.  Then the Sky Blues host Lincoln City at the start of March.

On the same day we face Wycombe (30th March), Accrington play Mansfield in which is sure to be a big day in the race for automatic promotion. Both sides still have to go to Kenilworth Road. Accrington also still have Exeter to face.

Lincoln still have to face Exeter, Mansfield, Wycombe and Accrington. Swindon are still not out of it and have a trip to Exeter soon, along with a final day clash with Accrington at the County Ground.

The big promotion race though, could come down to four teams in around a month’s time. The two points between Mansfield and Swindon might not be big, but it could be big enough for Accrington, Wycombe, us and Mansfield who have looked like they are going to pull away from the rest.

But as of yet, no amounts of teams have threatened to break away. With 9 teams now involved (after Colchester moved level on points with Coventry last night) then it’s fair to say, the League Two promotion race has never been tighter.

You can predict what the League Two table will look like come the end of season here. Leave comments below on who you have finishing where.

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It's going to be interesting to see which teams can sustain enough form in order to gain promotion, I still don't believe we are having a 'dip in form' myself - I think it's a little more serious than that and I think much of our promotion depends on Kevin Nolan and the players.

Fingers crossed we just fight.

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