Writer: Auckland Owl
Date:Tuesday November 25 2008
We thought Clinton Morrison would score and he did, the Owls got the ball in the back of the net but the man in black denied them and despite plenty of possession, Wednesday's loss to Coventry is possibly the most disappointing defeat of the season so far.
Brian Laws tried his best to a put a positive spin on it, but falling attendances at Hillsborough attest to the Owls decline in recent weeks: 'We had umpteen chances to put the ball in the back of the net but we failed miserably. You have to take your chances and Coventry took theirs. I am sure the supporters are disappointed but they cannot knock the team's effort.'
Owls loan star Tony McMahon echoed Laws' words to Wednesday World: 'I can't believe we lost that. No way did we deserve to lose the game, we were so unfortunate. We've had almost all of the ball but haven't put it in the back of the net. Now we have to go to Blackpool on Tuesday and get something.' Truer words were never spoken.
Clinton Morrison got a few digs in: 'It's always a difficult place to come but we managed to grind out a victory which was good. It was freezing out there to be fair but that's what you get paid for. We've been playing well against the big teams but against the so-called lesser teams we haven't been turning up which is something we have to change and the win against Sheffield Wednesday will hopefully help us with that. I scored my debut goal against Wednesday and I have scored against them a couple of times before so it's a bit of a lucky team for me but I go into every game thinking I will score so it's a credit to the rest of the boys who have helped me do that.'
Chris Coleman's post match comments were tinged with relief as his boys stopped the rot, not in particularly good style, but an ugly 1-0 win is always better than a pretty defeat: 'We came here with a gameplan. We did to Sheffield Wednesday what's happened to us so many times this season. We never really attempted to play pretty football. We've not won here apparently for a long, long time and we said let's go there and do to them what's been done to us week in, week out.'
The Sky Blues leapfrogged Wednesday in the league and Coleman will be hoping to carry the momentum forward into their next game.
Meanwhile Brian Laws is left to reflect on a match in which Wednesday had the lion's share of possession but could not convert it into goals.. a worrying trend that cannot continue.
Date:Tuesday November 25 2008
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