Owls Season Review: Part Two
Wednesday finished the first part of their campaign well positioned but it was the second part of their campaign which caused some problems.
The Steel City derby victory over Sheffield United seemed to cause a downturn in form the Brian Laws and his men - with a case of 'after the Lord Mayor's' show going on slightly longer than usual.
Wednesday needed a reply from two South Yorkshire derby defeats at Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers, but a trip to Pride Park to take on a struggling Derby County side caused further problems as a lacklustre performance led to a 3-0 defeat, and highlighted real cause for concern for the Owls.
A home clash to Coventry City gave Brian Laws and his men the chance to get their season back on track but it was another defeat thanks to Clinton Morrrison's strike on the hour mark at a freezing Hillsborough.
Wednesday were going through a slump but, in typical Brian Laws fashion, his troops managed to pull a couple of vital results out of the bag to halt the slide down the table.
The play-off spots, which were talked about at the start of the season, were a distant memory but victories at Blackpool and at home to Norwich City kept the Owls in a safe mid-table position.
A draw followed at Southampton, thanks to a late Marcus Tudgay leveller, before Wednesday kept their mini run going thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers, Leon Clarke the match winner.
The Christmas period has always proved pretty vital over the course of the season, with a vast number of points available over a short space of time.
Wednesday have traditionally done okay over the festive weeks, but Laws' thin squad showed as Wednesday left with just two points from a possible 12 as they went into the new year.
A drab 0-0 home draw against Bristol City kept the Owls' unbeaten run going, but a 2-0 away defeat at Cardiff City the match before Christmas then saw Wednesday let two points slip as Bartosz Slusarski rescued a point at home to Blackpool on Boxing Day.
A 2-0 defeat at Coventry City followed, not ideal preparation for Wednesday to take into their F.A. Cup Third Round tie at home to Premier League side Fulham.
But credit to Wednesday, they gave everything they could against a Fulham side who were no longer looking at the relegation spots in the top flight, but looking more towards a top half finish.
Andy Johnson gave the visitors an early lead before Tommy Spurr rattled in another goal of the season contender to level the scores in the first half.
Wednesday kept plugging away but it was a late Johnson goal that saw Fulham through, but gave Wednesday plenty of positives into their 2009 league campaign.