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  Tuesday, 2 April, 2002, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
No cause for celebration
BBC Sport Online football columnist Mark Aizlewood
BBC Sport Online columnist Mark Aizlewood says it was a less than happy holiday for Wrexham and Swansea.

Easter is always a time when promotion and relegation matters are put in focus, and this season was no different.

Wrexham's defeat at Blackpool has their Division Two existence hanging by a thread, and I think the mathematics of staying up will prove beyond them.

Swansea goalkeeper Roger Freestone
Roger Freestone doesn't seem keen on staying in charge at Swansea

I am disappointed for Denis Smith because he is a good friend of mine. But you can only do so much when you first go to a club.

You can go in and get them fit and get them organised, but the quality of the player can't be improved.

Unfortunately some are not good enough at Wrexham and, to be honest, some of them are lacking a bit of heart for the fight.

It was always difficult for Denis because there wasn't a lot of money to spend anyway.

I'm sure if Wrexham go down, then he would love to make wholesale changes to the squad. I'm absolutely convinced of that.

Also there are financial implications that mean you can't bring people in unless some go out. But, looking at it, there won't be a massive queue of clubs waiting to take Wrexham players.

Cardiff didn't play well, but ground out a result
Mark Aizlewood

At least Wrexham can make some sort of plans for the future, unfortunately the same can't be said of Swansea.

Although they're safe from the drop, it's a sad situation at the Vetch.

The place has been a bit of a disaster zone all season, and no-one knows what's happening.

Nick Cusack and Roger Freestone are in charge, but I'm not entirely convinced that Roger wants the job full-time.

I think Nick does, but I don't know if the committee in charge see him as a long-term manager.

At the moment, they can't make any plans or decide on players for next season. And that's a big worry.

Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw
Robert Earnshaw has returned to fitness

Cardiff City's problems are totally different. I don't think there's any doubt that they will make the play-offs.

Lennie Lawrence has done a great job, they are in form and Robert Earnshaw is back raring to go.

But what's slightly worrying is that supporters and people connected with the club talk about finishing in the top six and seem to think that's it.

There are a maximum of three games at the end of it, and City have to keep winning like they did against Port Vale.

They didn't play well, but ground out a result and have to keep that sort of form going.

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