Three times during the last 12 years, that fabled tally of 50 points hasn't been enough to keep teams in the Championship, and it's definitely not going to suffice in this, the craziest of all seasons.

Looking at the mayhem in the bottom half of the table it's hard to decipher what exactly is going to transpire over the next six games or so, but if I were to hazard a guess I reckon 54 points will just about see you over the line in 2012/13.

I don't envisage Birmingham City or Leeds United failing to get the two points they need, so that means anyone from 13th-placed Burnley down is still in realistic danger of losing their npower Championship status. No one can relax and start to think about their summer holidays yet, that's for sure.

In recent weeks it's actually been struggling sides that have hit the best form. I've just checked out the form guide on this website and it's astonishing to see Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, Barnsley and Peterborough United all occupying places in the top eight. They've timed their runs really, really well. Yet, none are anywhere near safe yet because those clubs around have been doing okay too.

Under Mark Robins, Huddersfield Town have won three and lost four of their last seven, and ordinarily that's not disastrous form but it's not been enough to prevent them sliding into the bottom three this week. With Bristol City looking like they've run out of time, it's the Terriers and maybe even the expensively assembled Blackburn Rovers that you perhaps fear for most.

Barnsley gaffer David Flitcroft said this week that he'd rather play teams at the top than fellow strugglers at the moment because everyone is bottling it in and around the Play-Offs, and I can see what he means.

Who would have predicted Crystal Palace's 4-0 loss at home to Birmingham City, or Leicester City's disappointing run? The pressure is beginning to get to those two squads and others too.

The exciting battle between Hull City and Watford for the coveted runners-up spot is hotting up nicely after the Hornets' win at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.

When I look at their evenly matched run-ins, that duel will almost certainly be decided by nerve.

I've been there with Ipswich Town as a player, and these last six matches are so, so nervy when there is everything to play for. Those who handle pressure the best will prevail.

You try and treat games as you usually do, but it's impossible not to feel nervous. That's when mistakes are made, and when players tighten up. It's those squads who can stay the most relaxed, who often prosper in these most critical of times.

There's not a great deal to choose between Hull and Watford. They have differing styles, but both teams contain match winners, youth and experience.

Some might say that Watford's younger looking side might not handle the pressure as well as Hull, but history often shows us that the exuberance of youth can also be a positive in these situations.

To me it's a flip of the coin as to who will go up automatically with, we presume, Cardiff City.

On the managerial front, Leeds United are searching for a new manager this week after allowing Neil Warnock to leave his post.

It wasn't a surprise to hear there had been a parting of the ways because Warnock had said himself that failure to get promoted would lead to his exit from Elland Road.

Making the change now, rather than in the summer, suits Leeds. If they can get someone in quickly, that man will be able to assess the squad between now and the end of the campaign and plan accordingly for next term.

The Leeds players would have known that Warnock's departure was inevitable, so there may have been a danger of them taking it easy and coasting through the remaining fixtures.

Now, that won't be the case. The lads will be playing for their own futures at Leeds, and that should ensure a strong and energised finish even if the Play-Offs now seem well and truly beyond them.

As for Neil Warnock, he's threatened retirement before by claiming that the QPR and Leeds jobs would both be his last. I don't believe a word of it. There's at least one more role in management out there for him, and it won't be long before he's in the dugout again.