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Wednesday Were Woeful

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...

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Date:Sunday February 21 2010
Time: 3:09PM


spot on nick!!! although i do agree with booing, as these men are getting paid thousands of pounds per week, if thats not motivation enough to earn their wages then personally i dont know what is. i couldnt understand why people clapped tudgays effort that hit the bar, this guys on more than the majority of players at wednesday and yet he cant hit the target from 18 yards out!!!!! every player needs to be paid the same at hillsborough-absolutley nothing!!!!
21/02/2010 15:46:00
Agree re: earning your wages sibon, and they certainly didn't yesterday, or against Donny for that matter. When their confidence is as bad as it was yesterday though, booing surely won't help? I don't have a problem with it at half-time, or at full-time, but it can't be much of a help during the game surely?
21/02/2010 15:54:00
i can see where ya coming from but for me personally if i was getting paid 5k a week i wouldnt care about people booing me id put in as much effort as humanly possible. but when something happens like the thing with esajas and spurr, what do ya do if ya dont boo????
21/02/2010 16:06:00
Dean Windass reckoned it was the worst game he's had the misfortune to watch!
21/02/2010 16:20:00
I bet Dean Windass wishes he was up against our defence!
21/02/2010 16:57:00
Nick I understand the point you make about booing during the game. However we are are a bad side and yet there were still over 20,000 people who turned up to try and get behind the team and support them. They were witness to a performance of such mediocrity that it is no wonder that the crowd vent their frustration on the players. It should be quite simple...go out on the pitch, try your best and if you are beaten by the better team we will forgive you but at the moment we are being beaten by teams with a greater desire to win. That is simply unacceptable and the fans have every right to boo them.
21/02/2010 17:05:00
Windass is worst pundit I've ever seen, nearly as bad as Merson!! Going to Reading Saturday, not very hopeful at the moment though after last two performances!
22/02/2010 09:07:00
We were totally outplayed on Tuesday and worse on Saturday. There are too many players that just are'nt playing well enough, some because they're just not good enough and thats pulling the whole team down. Sloppy play and giving the ball away too easily, the team is way down on confidence. A few new faces are needed in this team, but its the usual no money to loan players with and not a lot to trade with? I think we're gonna have to lose the one or two decent players we have got to get more players in that are up to the job ay this level. I know its a gamble, but what else can be done unless someone can come up with some cash.
22/02/2010 13:39:00
A few years ago I had to move away from Sheffield with work. This said I would still try to get over to watch home games at every opportunity, I missed only a few. This season I haven't even bothered to even listen to the match online, let alone travel to Sheff and PAY for the privalege. We are NOT a Championship side and with the team we currently have, we never will be... If Irvine has any sense he will get rid of most of the squad and start again. Unfortunatley that will probably be in League One. If my beloved club that I almost hate to support at the minute don't end up like Pompey then I'll be surprised. Should never have sacked KPS....
22/02/2010 15:42:00
Most wednesday fans would be happy to be played off the park and then lose the game. But to lose the game in the way we did against ipswich with no heart or desire ,its a dissapointment to have to watch such a rubbish footballing side. Golden boots potter is a player no better than luke boden or sean mcallister so why his he not substituted for his poor displays?? Soares spent his first few matches getting back to match fitness,so give the guy a chance.... Irvine has come in and yes we are more organised but it is near enough the same side that performed poorly under brian laws..... Eddie nolan needs a start,buxton and JJ need t be bak as soon as possible.....£quality loanees needed in my opinion. AND as for never sacking KPS,wotta load of tripe!!
22/02/2010 16:17:00
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