IT was a significant night on Tuesday in the League One promotion race. As City produced another fantastic performance away from home in a 3-1 victory at Leyton Orient in East London, our promotion rivals – Preston, Milton Keynes and Swindon - all capitulated in games they really should have won.

The resultant League One table makes fantastic viewing for us City fans with the club 11 points clear of third-placed Milton Keynes and ten clear of second-placed Preston.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rochdale at Ashton Gate, City headed to Orient looking for an improved display. In truth, we were fortunate to beat a good Rochdale side that should have really scored at least a couple of goals on the day.

An improved display is exactly what City produced. Despite conceding early due to a Little error City bounced back strongly in the first half through Freeman and then Flint. Wilbraham struck his 16th goal of the season on the hour mark and the game was done and dusted.

I have to say, automatic promotion for City looks a formality to me. With Milton Keynes and Swindon both suffering terrible losses of form, Preston look our main threat.

The league table does not lie and at the moment we are the best team in the league by a distance and, from the position we find ourselves in, it would be disappointing not to win the league.

This Saturday, we travel to Crawley in search of a fourth straight win (3pm).

Preston play Milton Keynes so one or both of our rivals will drop points which is good news and a chance to steal a further march on them. I think Crawley will prove a tough test though, despite their lowly league position.

They have won at Swindon and held Sheffield United in recent weeks and earlier in the season also held Milton Keynes and beat Preston at home. The following Tuesday, City are the visitors at Huish Park to face bottom of the league Yeovil Town (7.45pm).

There will be well over 2,000 City fans in attendance for a game that is a ‘derby’ of sorts. I fully expect us to win this one given the Glovers’ poor home record.

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