Pressure and expectation levels have risen at Luton Town but what an incredible campaign it has been
Form, budgets and player availability are all parts of football that can diminish in importance when entering the crunch end of a season, with the character and belief within the squad heightening in significance.
The ability to deal with pressure becomes pivotal when entering the concluding stages of a campaign, and with several clubs still chasing a play-off spot, this is emerging as even more crucial in this Championship season.
Ultimately, there is less pressure on us to succeed this year compared to our promotion-chasing counterparts, given the lengths - from a financial sense - that some clubs go to in order to try and achieve promotion.
Our sustainable and unique approach to a campaign, which is now admired by many, means that we do not even near overspending when chasing an objective.
In fact, our budget would suggest that even dreaming of a top-six finish would be an insurmountable target to even consider, however, we are now looking to defy expectations within the Championship for a third successive season.
Whilst all this suggests that this notion of pressure does not come into play, it is hard to ignore certain elements that naturally adds pressure to our situation
Still progressing at an exponential rate, we have grown increasingly confident in what we can achieve, something that adds an element of expectation to what remains of this season.
The fact that we have held a play-off spot for almost a month has added another level of pressure when it comes to the rest of the season, adding to the excitement within our fanbase.
It is very easy to get caught up in the narrative of Luton playing in the Premier League next season, with the wider media also catching up with the possibility of Kenilworth Road being a top-tier stadium next year, with this talk a third element that has added pressure to what remains of this Championship term.
It is also worth mentioning that pressure is not necessarily a bad thing, with our current team proving that they can deal with the demands of being in a top-six battle.
All in all, we are by no means under the same amount of pressure as some of our promotions-chasing rivals are under, however, our continued rise, the narrative, and proximity to the Premier League mean that expectation levels have certainly been upped.
If we are unable to keep hold of a play-off spot, of course, the immediate feeling will be one of disappointment, however, a feeling of immense pride will soon take over because it has been an incredible season of consistently shining against some top teams.