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Keep Calm After Cup Collapse

Keep Calm After Cup Collapse

Wednesday bowed out of the Carling Cup with a 4-2 loss at Scunthorpe last night - but there's no need for the alarm bells to start ringing just yet.

The defeat at Glanford Park was disappointing - but it was probably more so due to the Owls' unbeaten start to the season and a (strangely) rare taste of defeat.

I probably won't be repeating this line again anytime soon (although hopefully I am) but I'd almost got used to watching Wednesday win, or draw, thanks to our good start to the season.

A defeat was just around the corner and it's probably good that it's come sooner rather then later - it highlights our weakenesses and allows us to hopefully address them.

I don't think too many Wednesdayites will be too downbeat following last night's cup defeat against the Iron, though there will be a good few hoping for a prolonged stay in the competition this season.

If Alan Irvine had fielded what he believed to be a full-strength Wednesday side for the clash then I could probably understand the frustration amongst Owls fans.

As it was, we made six changes and, with all due respect to the players that pulled on the blue and white stripes, it was almost a second string.

Whether Irvine was right to do this is a for another discussion - but his focus was clearly on saving some of his key men for the league clash at Hartlepool United on Saturday - and rightly so in my opinion.

It could, of course, come back to bite him in the bum if the Owls slip to defeat this weekend.

But it'll give some of the team a fitness boost ahead of the trip to Hartlepool and if we collect three points then it's very much job done - I'd have taken a defeat in the cup and victory in the league anytime.

I'd have taken a win in both, too...

But Irvine has built a squad that he believes is capable of rotation this season, and although far from comparing us to Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City, it's a squad that we need this season.

The addition of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to the regular season, League Cup and FA Cup could give Wednesday a number of extra matches this season.

And it's important to use that squad - we're not in a position to pay players to sit on the bench, or not even in the matchday squad.

Irvine's done that, and it paid off in the victory against Bury in the last round.

Keeping those 'fringe' players in the frame keeps them interested, keeps them pushing for a regular starting role, and keeps those regular first-teamers fresh.

So last night's defeat isn't a total disaster and hopefully it's something that we'll have forgot about come 4.45pm on Saturday.

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Date:Wednesday August 25 2010
Time: 1:37PM


Good article Nick. Although a win would have been great I'm not too bothered about last night's result. I would much rather we got the results in the league where it really matters. Hopefully the taste of defeat will spur players on to work even harder in the forthcoming fixtures in order to make sure we get the right results.
25/08/2010 14:04:00
Hopefully it will give us the kick up the backside that we need. We shouldn't forget that Scunthorpe are in a higher league than us for a reason so it's no disgrace especially given the team we put out
25/08/2010 14:44:00
What annoys me is,u wud think the players that came in would play their hearts out to prove to AI that they should be in the 1st team week in week out.Now this goes to shoe that again AI is making the right decissions when choosing his league 11.
25/08/2010 14:44:00
Good points Nick. It looks like our "reserves" are to some extent precisely that. Good that we scored two goals though. It just shows that big Al puts out the right team on Saturdays.
25/08/2010 16:05:00
I think last season if we'd gone 3 nil down we'd have gone on and lost 5 or 6, so a bit of encouragement there, that we got 2 goals. Lets get back to winning ways on saturday at Hartlepool.
ecco owl
25/08/2010 18:10:00
at the end of the day, we showed some fight against a higher placed opposition, as long as the league form continues, im not worried at all. UTO
26/08/2010 03:05:00
Sorry but I both agree and disagree. This was Scunthorpe we were playing, they may be a league above but it was still bloody Scunthorpe! In '91 we played a succession of teams from a higher division and the team took them apart. No such luck, or spirit here. Yes AI put in the reserves, fair enough, but there were a few worrying signs. Not necessarily worries for this season but they should definitely be addressed before we go back into the Championship. Firstly, the strength of the squad, strong for league 1, clearly not strong enough for the step up. Secondly Nicky Weaver's limitationswere all too evident. Third and finally the lack of fight shown before we went 3-0 down. Must do better AI. No need to panic this year but you know what needs to be done in the summer.
26/08/2010 12:50:00
not slightly arsed, 3 points on saturdays are what its all about.
26/08/2010 20:43:00
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