Date:Tuesday November 11 2008
We are where we are. No use looking back on the what ifs and the should have beens.
No point in thinking we 'deserve' to be in the Premiership. We don't deserve to be in the Premiership any more than any other team.
We are where we are for a number of reasons. Blame can be stacked against the board (past and current), the players and the manager, but at the end of all the ranting and raving, it doesn't actually change the situation, does it?
People may think having players like Leon Clarke in the team is embarrassing, and that if Wood doesn't want to play for us we should get rid. People are entitled to their opinions, of course, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with them.
Leon is the only one looking like scoring at the moment, which is at least until Akpo and/or Franny come back AND find some form, which may be some time away yet. For me, Big Leon can be as 'embarrassing' as he likes, as long as he keeps banging them in.
And Wood? Can any of you tell me who we could get for little or no money and willing to take the same wages we're offering and put in a more loyal, fighting performance than he does week in week out?
We are where we are. Yes, it's nice to look back on the glory days of the Premiership, challenging for titles and in Europe. But it's the past. We need to move on. We need, want, desire, must have our team back in the Prem not to re-live the glory days of yore, but for NOW! So you can walk down the street with your head held high, not feel like a total numpty when all your glory team supporting mates at work talk about the weekend's 'big fixtures' and not once noticing little old Sheffield Wednesday.
We are where we are, but we can improve. To do so we need to forget the past and move on. We are no longer the Sheffield Wednesday of 1991. We can't begin to comprehend the likes of a Shez, a Waddle or a Hirst donning the blue and white again. And let's face it, even if we did somehow manage to wangle promotion through the play offs, there's no way we could stay there without sustained investment.
On Saturday we were shown up for what we are. A thin squad with a few good players (average, not excellent) thrown in. With the injuries we have (oh so very often) it wouldn't actually be that surprising to find ourselves back amongst the relegation contenders yet again. Donny ran amok in our midfield, and but for a clinical finisher probably would've scored 4 or 5. If they manage to bring someone in now or in January, I can't see them hanging around the bottom much longer.
But we aren't down there, are we? We're in 12th. How the heck did that happen?
Passion, pride, belief.
Even though our players may not appear to be that skillful (LC) or too small (Seany Mac) or too old (Watson), they fight. They fight for each other, they fight for the ball, they fight for the cause that is Sheffield Wednesday.
Cheer up, lads and lasses. We don't need a Shez, a Waddle or a Hirst (at least not yet, anyway), we just need to have faith!
Date:Tuesday November 11 2008
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