Writer: Auckland Owl
Date:Sunday February 17 2008
An encouraging result against Charlton and a vital clean sheet - let's now look forward to the remaining Owls fixtures.
Wednesday's last six games would have been tough for any club, let alone one with an injury list as long as your arm and off-field strife and uncertainty adding to the air of unease around the stadium. A meagre haul of four points from the matches against Cardiff, Wolves, Ipswich, Bristol, Charlton and the small matter of a derby day encounter match with our biggest rivals - but it could have indeed been worse.
A solid draw in the last of those fixtures heralds a brighter immediate future for Brian Laws' men. So where will the points to ensure safety and push on up the table come from?
The Owls are fortunate that a decent number of the remaining games are against teams in the bottom half of the table. Our blue and white wizards should be able to take heart and good morale gained from the excellent performance against our neighbours into the return fixture at Bramall Lane on April 8th.. the Blades have had their fair share of off-field shenanigans in recent days, and they will be hoping for a measure of stability before the crunch derby match, but every Owl will be convinced we can do the double this season.
A number of 'six point' matches await, two against our next opponents, managerless Coventry, which both must be considered as 'must win'. Wednesday will look for further success at bottom of the table Scunthorpe and fellow relegation candidates Colchester. Two lower half teams have money and have spent it, with limited success so far: Brian Laws will be hoping for points from QPR and Leicester before those teams kick on. He'll also be hoping the Owls won't go to their last away match this season at the Walkers fighting the Foxes to stay up. Norwich (on the last day) and Blackpool should provide opportunity for further success.
Hopefully a number of the walking wounded will be back in action shortly: we'll need them if stray points from in-form teams like Stoke and WBA are to be grabbed and held on to.
50 points - 18 to go, six wins. Brian wants seven.. aim high, surely the right thing to do. Up and at 'em. Bring on Coventry and the Owls renaissance!
Date:Sunday February 17 2008
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