SO Bristol City’s play-off chances are virtually over and done with for the season. Derby County’s victory over Cardiff City on Tuesday night has put them on 71 points and in the final play-off place in the Championship.

City are on 66 points and, with two matches left, they need a miracle and hope that Derby, Millwall, Brentford and Preston above them lose their final matches.

The chances of that happening are as much as winning the Euro Lottery and £121 million, although somebody in the UK actually did that this week.

City’s management can now start to look at Plan B – the one of them staying in the Championship rather than achieving promotion to the Premier League and the golden ticket that would give them a cash boost akin to a Lottery win.

The last real chance of a challenge for the play-offs bit the dust last Saturday when the Ashton Gate crowd were entertained with a ten-goal festival in a 5-5 draw with Hull City.

The Robins went 2-1 up at the interval with Pack opening the scoring on 37 minutes and then Diedhiou putting his side in front five minutes before the break.

And City went 3-1 up on 53 minutes when Reid got the next goal. Hull hit back when Fielding put through his own net but Reid made it 4-2 just after the hour.

That would have done nicely but three goals in 15 minutes from the visitors put them in front and looking to land the victory as the match went into injury time.

However, right at the death, Bryan put in a tremendous curling shot to equalise and give his side a point.

Nobody ever says ‘never’ until the fat lady clears her vocal chords and belts out a number but asking to win at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground on Saturday and then at home to Sheffield United on the last day plus expecting the teams above us to lose is probably asking too much.

But you never know. Miracles, like the Euro Lottery win this week, do sometimes happen.