The Easter weekend always feels like the final major staging post in what is a long and arduous campaign and the quick succession of games can suddenly elevate a team out of the relegation zone or into the Play-Off places but just as rapidly, the crowded fixture list can effectively and abruptly end a club's ambitions for the season.
I think Leeds United now fall firmly into the latter category after a 2-0 defeat at Reading on Friday followed by a hugely disappointing 2-0 loss to Derby County at Elland Road. The results effectively mean Leeds will be playing npower Championship football again next season and prompted a very impassioned outburst from Neil Warnock after the Derby game in which he promised a significant clearout over the summer.
Neil has never been the shy and retiring type but even by his standards, his words were very forthright. Neil has only been in the job for seven weeks but he's obviously seen enough already to conclude he wants big changes between now and the start of the new campaign.
And with his record of getting teams out of the division and into the Barclays Premier League, it would be churlish to argue with him.
The arrival of a new manager, changes are inevitable but Neil has now made it crystal clear his changes will not be cosmetic. He has sent out a very clear message to his players that they are now playing for their futures in these final few games. The team has been decent this season but for a club with the expectations of Leeds, decent is not good enough.
Neil's other headache is the knowledge that he may have to fight to hang onto the likes of Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio and Robert Snodgrass. Shipping out unwanted players can often prove far easier than it is to retain your best performers.
Leeds' defeat to Derby saw Michael Brown red carded, making it three sending-offs in their last three fixtures and nine for the season. I can appreciate that playing in the red hot atmosphere of Elland Road every other weekend is a challenge but the Leeds players really do have to take responsibility and manage themselves and their behaviour better.
It was an equally miserable weekend for Doncaster with a 4-0 thumping at Leicester followed by a 2-1 home defeat to Burnley, results which unsurprisingly led to more question marks over Dean Saunders' future as manager.
There's certainly no denying Dean has endured a really difficult season since he replaced Sean O'Driscoll in September but I would certainly give him another opportunity. Losing Billy Sharp to Southampton in the January window was a big setback but it's important not to forget he did a good job for Wrexham and I think with a younger and hungrier squad in npower League 1 next season there would be a very different atmosphere down at the Keepmoat.
You could see from his team selection for the Burnley game that Dean knows the game for this season. He brought in the younger players because he knows a lot of his current squad will not want to drop down a division. I don't believe that's necessarily a bad thing from a Doncaster perspective and gives the club the opportunity to rebuild and start again.
One club however that did enjoy a superb Easter period was Bristol City, who moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday and 48 hours later followed up with what could prove to be a pivotal 3-1 victory against relegation rivals Coventry.
Hats off to Derek McInnes and his team. They had won just once in their previous 13 npower Championship games and then suddenly they produce back-to-back victories, which is testament to both their courage and their calmness.
Interestingly City have now gone four unbeaten in the league and that run has coincided with Derek's decision to drop David James to the bench and bring in Dean Gerken. Considering David's reputation, that must have been a difficult decision but he made the call and City now their destiny in their own hands.
At the other end of the table, Southampton I feel wrapped up automatic promotion with four points from a possible six and once again they were heavily indebted to Rickie Lambert with both goals in Monday's win against Crystal Palace. Maybe the Saints rushed him back too quickly for the derby against Portsmouth and for me he looked a little off the pace on Saturday.
It was a different story however at Palace and Nigel Adkins, his squad and the supporters can now start planning for next season in the Premier League.