We must have ruined our chance to get in the play-offs six or seven times now.

We’ve used up “final chances” against Crewe, Notts County, Portsmouth and Grimsby.

We’ve dropped points against Doncaster, Cambridge and more recently Morecambe. Yet here we are, right in the mix of play-off hopefuls.

While I don’t believe we will achieve promotion this year, this run certainly shows us how possible it is for us to go up next year - especially when the physio room empties.

The play-offs are certainly still a possibility, but if we don’t get the three points on Saturday our hopes are certainly over.

It looks like it would take a miracle to beat a Plymouth Argyle side with the best away record in the league, but this is a mad league and the fact we are still in with a chance shows that.

We dropped points on Monday against Morecambe with a decent away following.

It was a new ground for most U’s fans so quite a few made the journey north.

It was a game we controlled in the first half.

A spectacular free-kick from Richard Brindley deservedly put us in lead, but it only went downhill after that.

After an uneventful start to the second half, we decided to replace Doug Loft with Alex Wynter which, in my opinion, was the substitution that destroyed all the good work we’ve done this season.

So many questions are to be asked. Why did we play defensively and try to protect a 1-0 lead against a team with one of the worst home records in the lead?

Even if there was a good reason for it, why so early on? The substitution was made with 15 minutes to go plus stoppage time.

We had seven defenders on the pitch - Walker, Wynter, James, Eastman, Elokobi, Brindley and Dickenson.

We would’ve been level on points with the play-offs had we not conceded such a sloppy, unnecessary penalty.

It was a painful journey home dreaming of what could’ve been, instead knowing we would likely have to visit them again next year.

It was a long journey home.

I really hope we can somehow manage to pull a surprise win out of somewhere on Saturday.