Date:Wednesday March 4 2009
Frustrations were high at Hillsborough again on Tuesday night as their superb performance at Burnley went to waste with another lacklustre showing on home soil.
Okay, Reading are one if the best teams we've seen at S6 this season and will no doubt be in the mix for an automatic promotion spot come the end of the season.
But the Royals were no doubt there for the taking, as have every team that have come to Hillsborough in a relatively poor Championship this season, and Wednesday failed to find the performance they put in to see off Burnley at the weekend.
It has maybe been the one sticking point of Brian Laws' career at Wednesday so far - consistency, or the lack of it.
We're consistently inconsistent.
It's almost inevitable that after every good victory, every good run of form, that we'll go through a sticky patch.
The sense of going to watch the blue and white wizards on a good run of form should fill me with confidence, with a sense that we again come away with another three points.
Instead, the feeling that we'll come crashing back down to earth is as present as ever.
Maybe it's part and parcel of being a Wednesday fan, the rollercoaster ride, maybe it's the way Brian likes things, but one thing's for sure - we can't seem to put our finger on just why it happens.
Just one change was made to the side that won at the weekend.
You might say you don't change a winning side, but bringing back the team captain to replace a no doubt tired Richard Hinds shouldn't make too much difference, should it?
it seems to be a worrying trend since Brian Laws arrived at the club, that we go on mini runs of either good or bad form, there just doesn't seem to be an in-between.
I'm a huge Laws fan, and believe that he's done a top drawer job with the limited resources we have at the club - I can't wait to see him, hopefully, take the club another step forward next season with a pot of money that investment will hopefully bring.
So what is it that makes us consistently inconsistent?
The type of season that we're having doesn't really help - mid-table mediocrity.
We seems just that bit too far away for motivation of a play-off finish, yet we seem all-but safe from any motivation of keeping us away from the relegation spots.
I have to admit, some of the matches we're involved in, especially the mid-week clashes in the current climate, hardly fill me with excitement given the position we're in in the league table.
Maybe the players are the same? Some will still have contracts to play for, no doubt...
We have the majority of players there to make some kind of push for the play-offs, I firmly believe that, but we're also missing some key players that others have in abundance - a goal poacher, a creative, battling midfielder.
Maybe any investment this month will give us an idea if Brian Laws can go out and get those men come the summer, or whether we'll be left scraping the barrel for players again - no names mentioned here.
I'm going to Hillsborough fully expecting a defeat on Saturday, yet I'm the kind of person who likes to think the glass is always half-full, or at least I like to think I am - so it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if we got back to winning ways against the league leaders.
You have to go through the lows to appreciate the highs, after all....
Date:Wednesday March 4 2009
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