UK time is: 06:53:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Play-Offs Prove Owls Can Cut It

So, this season's Championship Play-Off Final is between Burnley and Sheffield United - two teams that Wednesday have taken maximum points from this season.

The Clarets booked their place at Wembley thanks to their aggregate victory over Reading last night, with our near neighbours from the wrong half of the Steel City defeating Preston on Monday night.

The final will be between two Championship teams that Wednesday have not only taken 12 points from this season - but have done so convincingly.

It again goes to prove the fact that the Championship, year-on-year, is starting to get a lot closer in terms of quality of teams, and give the sense that anyone can beat anyone on their day.

It also goes to prove that Wednesday were not far from one of those top six places, and also begs the question that if the Owls have crept into the play-off positions, would they be able to cut it in such a situation?

Of course, it's easy to say now, and who finished in those positions simply deserved to be there over the course of the season - we didn't.

It's frustration more than anything else, in my opinion anyway, that the two teams competing for the final spot in the Premier League next season are two teams that we beat and beat well, not once, but twice.

The opening day 4-1 hiding of Burnley could have been seen as a fluke, a one-off, but Brian Laws and his men inflicted a similar performance, and defeat, in the return fixture at Turf Moor, with Wednesday running out 4-2 winners.

Wednesdayites won't be forgetting the first Steel City double for a while either, whether the Blades go up or not.

Nobody can deny Wednesday out-fought, out-played, and out-classed the Blades in the entertaining fixture which saw Steve Watson's goal enough to give the blue and white side of Sheffield bragging rights before Christmas.

And nobody could deny Marcus Tudgay's wonder goal in the 2-1 victory at Bramall Lane which followed this year.

The Owls have proved they can mix it with the play-off hopefuls over the course of the season, bar some freak results.

But it's been the performances, and inconcsistency against the teams lower down the division that must give Laws and co. cause for concern throughout the last campaign.

Double defeats against lowly Barnsley and Plymouth, along with disappointing defeats at teams such as Nottingham Forest and at home to Coventry show that we still have a way to go before battling at the top end of the Championship.

Still, it again shows the 'anyone can beat anyone' mentality within one of the most exciting divisions in the country, some might say more exciting than the Premier League.

It also goes to show that Wednesday fans, and management, thinking of promotion next season, can live in the hope that next season could well be the one.

COME ON BURNLEY!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Championship odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 13 2009

Time: 9:53AM

Your Comments

as long as we aren't linked with signing accrington stanley's 12th choice midfielder or chuffin gary doherty or sorry worse and we sign them?!?!?
BIG TONY
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Pompey keen on McCabe loan extension (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Ex-Owl Jones sacked by Port Vale (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Stats: Forest v Wednesday (Wednesday April 9 2014)

Forest 3-3 Wednesday (Wednesday April 9 2014)

Preview: Forest v Owls (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Madine makes Carlisle return on loan (Thursday March 27 2014)

Palmer pleased to pen new Owls deal (Wednesday March 26 2014)

Wednesday 1-0 Brighton (Wednesday March 26 2014)

Madine set for loan move (Monday March 24 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Wednesday Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Middlesbrough 42 14 16 12 10 58
13. Watford 41 14 15 12 16 57
14. Bolton 42 13 15 14 -2 54
15. Sheff Wed 42 12 14 16 0 50
16. Leeds Utd 42 14 8 20 -9 50
17. Huddersfield 42 12 10 20 -9 46
18. Birmingham 41 11 10 20 -10 43

Breaking League News

Your Vote Counts Vital Latics Player Of The Season
Wigan : 18/04/2014
Early Team News - Latics v Reading
Wigan : 17/04/2014 23:52:00
Huddersfield v Brighton (Preview)
Brighton : 17/04/2014 23:34:00
What The Bosses Say - Latics v Reading
Wigan : 17/04/2014 23:30:00
Performance Of The Century Wanted By Johnson
Yeovil : 17/04/2014 23:24:00
Blackburn Is Huge - Palazuelos
Yeovil : 17/04/2014 23:13:00
Forde Takes Player Of The Year Award
Millwall : 17/04/2014 22:46:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should the Owls give Gary Madine another chance?
Suggested By:  
Yes 85%
No 15%