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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

Saturday's 2-1 defeat at relegation rivals Blackpool has seen the Owls drop back in to the Championship's bottom three with just two games to go, but it ain't over until it's over...

Our trip to the seaside was bad, very bad, as bad as anything I've seen under Brian Laws and probably up there with anything I've seen during my time supporting the blue and white wizards.

It was spineless, passionless, and to an extent, pathetic.

Some of our play made me cringe, we were being out-battled, out-thought and out-played by a team who looked a lot more desperate than us to secure their Championship status for another year.

My thoughts on leaving Bloomfield Road were that of a man ready to return to League One and watch my team return to arguably one of the toughest leagues to get out of - when would we be returning to the Championship?

But the frustration of losing our 'relegation six pointer' has gone, and I look at the league table and the remaining fixtures of our relegation rivals and realise that although we may be the bookies favourites for the drop now (hey, we're bottom three with two games to go, we can't argue with that), I'd put a wager on us staying in this league by the skin of our teeth.

It's the Wednesday way, isn't it?

Looking through the hundreds of posts on Wednesday message boards anyone would think we're already down, the end is nigh, relegation has been confirmed.

It's actually more encouraging reading message boards of other club's such as Leicester City and Southampton, who believe they are both in grave danger of taking the third relegation spot from us.

Indeed, it certainly ain't over until it's over.

My close friends and family always say I'm forever looking at the glass half empty, but for some strange reason, despite the performance I witnessed at Bloomfield Road, I've a feeling we're going to get something at Leicester, and even if it's a point, it'll be a good one.

I highlighted Southampton as the team that would take the plunge earlier in the season, and I hope I don't have to eat my words, but they face an extremely tough trip to West Brom on Monday night - with the Baggies, arguably the best side in the division, needing a crucial win to help them achieve promotion back to the Premiership.

A betting man would put West Brom down as odds on to win that game, and that would leave Wednesday needing just a draw at the Walkers Stadium to climb above the Saints on goal difference, and leave their fate in their own hands going in to the final match of the season.

Of course, Wednesday could well be looking to rivals Sheffield United giving them a helping hand come the last day of the season, with Kevin Blackwell taking his men to Southampton on the final day, while Wednesday will have a more favourable clash against Norwich City at Hillsborough to contend with. I know who the bookies will be backing on that one.

Glenn Roeder's City aren't out of it either, with a tricky tie against QPR at home on Saturday, with defeat, or even a draw leaving the Canaries with the chance of the drop with a journey to Hillsborough on the final day.

There are lots of 'ifs' and 'buts' at the moment, but if I was a betting man I'd certainly have a wager on the Owls to survive this season, regardless of all the doom and gloom that's flooding the internet message boards at the moment.

To take a certain infamous phrase from a certain someone down at S6 this season - forget this season for a minute, these two games are vital, the difference between survival and relegation this season, in particular, will be massive.

Don't give up hope, it ain't over 'til it's over...

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 21 2008

Time: 11:45AM

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Thanks Nick! I needed that. UP THE OWLS!!!
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21/04/2008 12:05:00

I am usually the most positive Wednesday fan ever. However, what sounded like an appalling performance on Saturday has made me realise that we could definitely go down. It doesn't feel like our players want to stay up. They seem to have lost the fight. You can't blame Gilbert for us losing, but it sure didn't help the cause. What was he thinking? The lads need to keep their heads. Two wins would be great to see us convincingly and safely stay up, though I can't see us winning either. Fact is that we could stay up by the skin of our teeth with just one point out of the last two games. That depends on S'hampton losing both of their remaining games. And at this point of the season, you can't guess any result. Especially as it is our favourite enemies who visit St Mary's on the last day of the season. Can't see the Blades doing us any favours there if it drops us in that last relegation place. Need the lads to raise their game and show some balls and willingness to win. Would be quite nice to see our strikers score a goal or 2. Can't remember when they last scored! If we had 10 Tommy Spurrs, Mark Beevers, or Richard Wood's, I'd rather field them in front of Granty than the current favourite 11 being picked. A thoroughly depressed Owl.
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21/04/2008 13:23:00

A rousing speech there Nick, reminiscent of Braveheart or Gladiator, Exactly the kind of Films Our Bunch of under achievers should be made to watch this week in order to distill a little passion, fight and pride back into the way they play. “Strength and Honor”
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21/04/2008 14:13:00

I still have faith in us and think a point away at Leicester and a win against Norwich will be enough to keep us in the Championship. Come on you fecking Blue and White wizards!!!!!!!
will it ever happen
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21/04/2008 19:29:00

Scum for the drop say the whole of the South coast. Come on you OWLs!!
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21/04/2008 19:37:00

dont think you stand a chance away at leicester but im certain to will beat norwich. i think you will just just scrape it - southampton to go down with their remaining games left. nevertheless depending on results on saturday we could do into the game at saint marys with nothing to play for having said that we could go into the game knowing a win and a loss fo palace would secure us with a playoff place. its going to be interesting lads!!
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21/04/2008 21:34:00

course were stayin up well win both games united use silly excuses like well let souphampton win cos they no there *****tin than us but they got there points early we just luve the excitment of leavin it to the last minute
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21/04/2008 22:43:00

A result against Leicester would put the situation back in our hands. Starting line up for Saturday, hopefully, Grant, Hinds, Beevers, Wood, Spurr, Small, Kavanagh, Bolder, Songo'o, Burton and Sahar. On bench and raring to go Bullen, Wallwork, Esajas, Johnson, Slursarski.
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22/04/2008 00:03:00

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22/04/2008 00:10:00

Well lads at least we carnt say our seasons are ever boring, we always got sumat to play for. At the end of the day wat happens happens....Im gonna try my best not to get down about it cos no matter what happens I got blue blood running through my veins and I will always hold my head up high and be poud to be an owls !!!! COME ON WEDNESDAY !!!!
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