Date:Sunday February 21 2010
It seems like I've said this a few times already this season, but yesterday's showing against Ipswich Town was one of the worst I've ever seen the Owls produce at Hillsborough.
I was going to write my post-match notes straight after the defeat yesterday evening, with my frustrations at an all-time high, as well as my disappointment.
But I thought I'd sleep on it and let the dust settle.
My feelings are still the same though, yesterday's performance from those in blue and white was one of the worst I've seen at Hillsborough in many a year.
Clueless, spineless, bottlers are just some of the words I can use, for a family website at least, to describe yesterday's showing.
It follows on from Tuesday nights poor showing against Doncaster Rovers.
But at least against Rovers we were playing a good side who could play attractive, attacking football and carve a lot of teams in this division open at will on their day.
Ipswich on the other hand, with all due respect to Roy Keane and his men, were a poor side who were there for the taking.
What they had though was a huge desire to win, and a huge determination and pride to keep themselves in the division.
Something we'd have love to have had yesterday.
I think yesterday's performance was summed up when both James O'Connor, one of the few to come away from the game with any kind of credit, and Darren Potter both went for the same header, and both missed it.
Or it could be summer up when Etienne Esajas' one-two with Tommy Spurr ended with the ball trickling out of play.
The possibilities are endless.
Wednesdayites can take losing, and they can take being outclassed, but one thing they certainly won't take is the team giving less than 100 per cent, which was definitely the case yesterday.
I don't promote booing the team during the match, and never will, but I could understand why a lot were doing just that yesterday.
The team were all over the place - players looking for passes that just weren't there, Town players being left unmarked and in acres of space to do as they please.
It was almost like going down to the local park to watch a Sunday morning match, the only difference being that you were paying for the privilege.
Those down at the local park this morning were probably giving 100 per cent for their team too, despite probably having a shed load of ale last night.
It was a mess, and a mess that needs sorting out in less than seven days time when Wednesday prepare for another crucial match down at Reading on Saturday.
Maybe the prospect of playing away from home will be more appealing to the players in the current climate - let's hope so.
Irvine has failed his first test as Owls boss in getting them to bounce back from the midweek humiliation at home to Donny - but then again most managers would struggle with that squad.
Now he has to show what he's really made of, and three points at the Madjeski Stadium next weekend would go a distance, if only minor, to wiping the memory of defeat here yesterday.
Good luck, Alan...
Date:Sunday February 21 2010
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