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One Defeat And Panic Stations...

One Defeat And Panic Stations...

So Wednesday fall to their first defeat of the season and it's panic stations already.

A slender 1-0 loss against a side hitting form and desperate for a first league win of the season in front of the Sky cameras - and we're still top of the league.

Still, that doesn't stop some Wednesdayites hitting the panic button.

I got back home yesterday to do my regular check over the fans' forums (I won't name names, you know the forums...) and it was almost like the Owls had tumbled down to League Two such was the out-cry from some supporters.

We were poor yesterday, there's no denying that, and things need to improve from that showing if we're to achieve promotion this season.

But it's one defeat, and, strangely, one defeat that could have come at a good time, if there is such a thing.

We're still top of the league, and if we're taking the positives from such a defeat, it's that Irvine and his troops can sit up and take notice of their errors and mistakes and, hopefully, rectify them in time for next week.

We simply weren't at the races today, but it's the first league defeat of the season and hopefully it's a blip.

I said before the match that it was almost set-up for a defeat for us.

And, as daft as it sounds, I went as far as to say that if we beat Brentford I'd go and put a big wod of cash on us gaining promotion as champions.

It's still early in the season, but going to a place like Brentford, live in front of the Sky cameras, and on the back of a 5-0 win, to get the three points there and move four points clear so early would have been superb.

It was all there for a Wednesday win - top against bottom, a still unbeaten looking for a win against a side who hadn't won in the league - and it was all in front of the live cameras.

It was also all there for a Brentford win, too, and that's exactly how it panned out.

We're going to lose games this season and it's certainly no disgrace to lose at Griffin Park - plenty of other teams will do this season and the Bees will no doubt start to climb the league ladder now they've got their first win of the season.

And it's a case of now looking at how exactly we'll bounce back against Carlisle at Hillsborough at the weekend.

If someone would have offered us our position, and our start, before the season kicked-off, we'd have snapped their hands off.

It's a blip, and there's no need to worry just yet - we'll leave that until further down the line if things start to get worse.

Until then, UP THE OWLS!

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Date:Monday September 6 2010
Time: 8:00AM

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I agree Nick. Yesterday was typical Wednesday - they build us up and then drop us down. A few players not on form yesterday, difficulty crossing dead balls past the first man, the left of the defence easily overrun, midfield second to the ball etc etc. However, we are still topof the league and our real teast will be this Saturday. Then we will know our likley potential. The good news for Father Ted is that he has a very decent set of player choices, something the Owls have not had for years. Up the Owls!
06/09/2010 08:58:00
It's expected being a Wednesday fan unfortunately. Next week if we win we'll be world beaters again!!
06/09/2010 09:30:00
How many times did we get beat like this last season with teams putting crosses into the box either to front or back post n our defenders *****ting it,Brentford obviously did their homework n capitliased on this.I also think Coke wa lucky and feel this wont be the end of the matter hope im wrong.All in all not agud performance yday against a team that wa firing long balls all the time,cud av easily lost 3 or 4 nil if not for weaver and the goal line clearances.Lets march on and get the results we need.
06/09/2010 10:20:00
A bit disappointing but not the end of the world, really surprised by our lack of quality on set pieces. a few changes to freshen up the team, morrison for tudgay and miller in for potter, give us a little more goal threat. all in all, still a decent start to the season.
06/09/2010 12:15:00
we was never going to go through the season unbeaten it's out the way now the performance was'nt acceptable simple as that
06/09/2010 13:37:00
A point clear after 5 games, can't be too disappointed. Pretty poor performance yesterday I admit but credit to Brentford, they worked very hard and could have scored more, I know it was billed as top against bottom but after just 4 games that meant nothing. It was a good example of how difficult it will be this season and how teams will raise their game against us, most teams biggest game of the season is when we come to town so we've got to combat that and stamp our authority on the match, we've probably got the strongest squad in the league. Hopefully we'll get back on track against Carlisle Saturday and put he Brentford perfomance behind us. We are going lose from time to time just hope there are plenty of wins in between. I thought maybe Teale should have stayed on as once he went off and we went 4-3-3 we got too narrow and played into Brentfords hands who got men behind the ball and packed the defence, needed to get it wide and keep the crosses coming in for strikers to attack.
06/09/2010 13:43:00
All in all we have lost one game so far and is probably the best thing that can happen to keep our feet on the ground and remind us that we've got a long season ahead of us in a very tough league. AI did the right thing in blasting the players as it was a poor performance. The really interesting this will be how we respond against Carlisle this weekend. Fingers crossed we'll come out of the traps fighting.
06/09/2010 14:25:00
I can only repeat what others have said really. It's not nice to lose, especially against the bottom side, but we are bound to lose games this season, no matter how improved we might be. We didn't play well but this might be just the tonic the players need to realise that no-one will give us anything in this league and if we start taking teams for granted or getting carried away with ourselves then we can lose against anyone and we'll find ourselves in this league again next year. Like others, I'm confident that AI will get them back on track.
06/09/2010 15:32:00
Nick, no one has the divine right to win football matches, but it's the way we lost that people are upset about. Negative, defensive tactics from the 1st minute to the 94th minute. We're playing Brentford, not Barcelona. If we're going to go long in the in the last five mins we should have shoved Beevers up front to try and win some headers. And I don't accept this defeat coming at a good time.....what's that about. The defensive midset from the start and 2nd half perfomance suggests the team and manager had that attitude.....not to worry lads, if we lose, still top of the league. We should be dominating teams for the most part at this level and barring Dagenham & Hartlepool there hasn't been much between us and the opposition. Major improvement vs Carlisle required. Relegation should have been the kick up the backside we needed, not a 1-0 loss to Brentford.
The Owler
06/09/2010 15:47:00
i actually kind of agree with the owler. for the squad we have, full of talent and experience, we should be taking points off teams like brentford, not shrugging our shoulders and saying "oh well, its only one defeat". If we are going to lose, do so with a bit of passion and ambition, not this walking pace football we got on sunday. Nice one owler, you have inspired me.
06/09/2010 15:52:00
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