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Keep Calm And Carry On

Last night's defeat against Doncaster Rovers in the Championship was 'poor', 'shambolic', a 'disgrace'.

I've lost count of the number of words used to describe the loss against our near neighbours, but let's not get carried away shall we?

I won't for one minute try to defend the spineless performance of the players in what was a vital match for the Owls, not just for crucial Championship points but also for local bragging rights.

I think we're all in agreement that it wasn't good enough, and it shows that there's still plenty of work to be done if we're to be a Championship side come next season.

I'd go as far to say it was one of the worst performances I've seen at Hillsborough from a Wednesday side, certainly this season.

That's not taking anything away from Donny, they certainly lived up to their tag of the 'Arsenal of the north' with some silky passing and moving.

I sat in my seat in the Kop and just had to admire the way they were playing, despite watching my own team crumble in front of my eyes.

But it's another day and the chance to reflect on the position we find ourselves in in the Championship table.

Five wins out of eight from Irvine ain't bad - it's more than a lot of fans would have thought when he first took the role.

But football fans are funny creatures.

Some, not all, not even a majority, were mentioning the play-offs as a possibility following our great start under Irvine. No chance.

Now, one defeat later, some are saying we'll be playing League 1 football next season.

Of course, that's still a possibility, but we as Wednesday fans should 'Keep Calm and Carry On' in our battle against the drop - I'd put money on us being in this division next season.

It was the first performance under Irvine where we've been poor and come away with nothing from our efforts, deservedly so, hopefully this will point towards a one-off.

We can't take many positives from last night's match, if any at all, but one that I could take was the fact that Irvine won't accept a similar performance at the weekend, in what's a more crucial game against relegation rivals Ipswich.

Irvine hasn't changed us into a play-off chasing team overnight - the squad is still the same, poor squad that failed under Laws, and it needs drastically changing if we're to improve our form next season.

So we're bound to endure the odd shocking performance between now and the end of the season, last night being a prime example.

The best managers, and players, are judged when they need to bounce back, and Saturday gives us the chance to do just that.

We shouldn't be expecting miracles, six more dull 1-0 wins will do us for now, and I'm confident we can achieve that.

Some Wednesdayites have had ideas above their stations in recent weeks, and it showed in a big way following our thrashing at the hands of Donny last night.

Our aim is still to avoid relegation this season and so far Irvine has succeeded in dragging us out of the bottom three and given us a great chance of survival.

Get behind the team on Saturday, and three points should steer us ever-closer to survival and, hopefully, put to bed some of the memories of Tuesday night.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 17 2010

Time: 12:16PM

Your Comments

Nick.....I try not to get too carried away when we win or lose (I've been a fan for many years and had many ups and downs)! Realistically, we are a very poor squad in a very poor division and when our so called better players decide they aren't interested, as happened last night, then we get soundly beaten but the same underperforming players know that they will get a shirt for the next match regardless. That mentality needs to be stopped. Tudgay and Soares should be ashamed to collect their wages. I am fortunate to have a very responsible job which I would very soon lose if I displayed a similar lack of enthusiasm to that displayed last night. Bad performances should never be tolerated it is disrespectful to the loyal Wednesday faithful that spend their hard earned money going to support them.
CLIFFANDJ
Well put, and I agree entirely. Unfortunately I don't think we have the squad to be able to chop and change the squad as we, or Irvine sees fit. We can't make wholesale changes, and I wouldn't ris putting the youngsters in just because there's nobody else.
nickswfc
drop him and start with leon he may not be best player but seems to try of late when comes on and tuggers aint interested so put him on bench. Whats up with jeffers he on sick note again? lets just hope they get kick up backside for game on sat
Bodsy owl
doncaster are not agreat side, before kickoff yesterday they were only 3 points better than us (and we've had a poor season) but they made us look like a pub team, which is very alarming,we have no midfield,no threat up front no pace throughout the side,still dont rate purse, simek looks lost, only grant can hold his head up, where do we go from that performance .
tommy craig
Certinly it's not time to panic but it is time to take stock. Alan Irvine will get not a single word of criticism from me for the rest of the season. He knows the problems we have, he can see them. Unfortunately the poverty of our resources holds us back yet again but the blame for squandering what scant means we have had at our disposal lies firmly and squarely at Brian Laws door. He threw his money away last summer on Miller and Purse when he should have been on the trail of a striker. Now we look woefully short of power up front. The criticism of Tudgay is perfectly valid, he has had a terrible season and looks about as threatening as a telly tubby in front of goal. The Donny game might have looked quite different if we had finished our early chances. We still haven't solved the striking crisis we've had at this club since that wonderful few months with Macca and Kenwynne up front. Instead successive managers have wallpapered over the problem, now it's coming back to haunt us. Goals are what this team needs. Who can score them for us?
robc
You can hardly put the blame on the strikers......and I agree about Tudgay, he's been shocking this season and clearly wants dropping. A striker is only as good as the service provided and we are woeful in that area. We have monumental problems at the moment in that there is very little Irvine can do to change things, and there is no-one on the bench to come on and make a difference either.Soares and Simek don't deserve a shirt, and how they both combined to allow the cross over for Donny's first goal beggers belief, whilst from that Tommy Spurr decided to fall over to allow Billy Blunt to cross again. It's all over the pitch, and I never thought I'd say this, but roll on JJ getting fit, cos we've definately missed him. Due to the inability of our squad as a whole, I think we are well in the mire, and if we can't perform in front of a fair crowd in a local derby after the results we've had recently, lets just say that it doesn't fill you with confidence for the run in.
BOUNCIN OWL
I'm putting the blame at the chairmans door, he was the one who took over 15 months ago, promise to bring investment in but still nothing. personally i think it was a job too big for him, its ok blaming B.L but Purse and Miller cost nothing, so he hardly broke the bank with them two, what we could do with is 2 or3 loan players so we could drop some of the players under performing, but A.I hands are tied no money, if Dave Allen was still in charge i'm sure they would be plenty of people on hear telling him to get someone in pronto, our chairman say in the S .T letter for every 1,000 S.T sold puts 400,000 in the budget, well just say 20,000 were to be sold that would mean 8m if my maths are right, A.I would'nt see a quarter of that money. Just look at the clubs around us all bringing players in apart from us, its not looking good for us is it, i fear the worst i hope i'm wrong.
ecco owl
If you think that investment means only funds for transfers you're not on the right wavelength Ecco. The wage budget combines with the transfer budget to allow a manager to build his team. Clearly experienced players, whilst available on free transfers/bosmans, command a much higher wage packet than younger players seeking to make a name rather than trading on the reputation they have already created. Is Purse being paid peanuts? Is Miller on a pay as you play deal? If so he must have starved to death by now. No, they are experienced players and commanded good wages. Money that I, personally, believe was wasted. I raised doubts about Purse at the time, I stand by that view though I will concede that his performances have improved. With the value of hindsight how many of us would have taken Burnley's money for Tudders? All of these questions are academic. This is the squad we have. We're in a relegation dogfight and, if we survive, Al will have his work cut out to improve the squad. Fortunately at least one high earning drain on our resources will be leaving in the summer. How much is Jeffers on?
robc
I'd say Jeffers is on around 12k/week and is probably the highest earner on the books, I would be surprised if it was much more that!
sussexowl
I thought it was only 9k. Either way it's a real hunk of cash that, if we stay up, should be placed into Mr Irvine's hands (along with Akpo's wages). One potential problem is that of falling gates. Wednesday, along with every other club, have yet to understand the new economic situation. Ticket prices are still too high. TV money is important but how long will TV companies pay premium prices for football played in front of empty houses. As I said this is a question for football in general rather than Wednesday in particular. The FA Cup has been played out in front of empty stadiums (with a few honourable exceptions), even the Premiership is beginning to struggle, what happens if Portsmouth disappear?
robc
Ticket prices need to be brought down but in order to do that the FA needs to step in and sort players wages and transfer fees out as it is out of hand now and clubs can not afford to run at a loss. I think TV money should be shared evenly it seems in the championship every time you watch a match its newcastle on there are other clubs in the league who need the money more. I dont think investment will come who in there right mind would put money into a football club in any league at the min.
Bodsy owl
 

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