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Owls Fail To Match Top-Six Rivals

Wednesday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Monday continued a worrying trend for the Owls against their promotion rivals this season.

The Owls form against the current League One top-six leaves a lot to be desired, and will need to be improved if Alan Irvine is to guide his troops back into the Championship.

The slender loss at the Galpharm Stadium saw the Owls slide down to six in the league table at the start of the new year.

It left Wednesday with just the one victory in six matches against the five sides above them this season.

That win came against current leaders Brigthon & Hove Albion at Hillsborough at the start of the campaign - alhough Gus Poyet's side did leave S6 feeling hard done by.

Defeats against Southampton and Charlton Athletic, at home and away respectively, have followed, while a late Neil Mellor goal was required to rescue a point at home against Bournemouth.

The defeat against the Terriers yesterday was Wednesday's second agaisnt Town this season, with Lee Clark's men being comfortable 2-0 winners at Hillsborough in the reverse clash.

It's worrying for Alan Irvine and Wednesdayites alike - especially if the Owls miss out on automatic promotion and have to make do with a play-off spot.

The Owls still face tough return trips to Brighton and Southampton respectively, which will no doubt be their toughest remaining fixtures this season, while a trip to Bournemouth also lies in wait.

Charlton Athletic will also provide stiff opposition when they make the trip tup to South Yorkshire.

Of course, there's always room for improvement, and Irvine will be looking to improve his squad in this month's transfer window, but the Owls will need to start picking points up against their promotion rivals if they're to achieve their goal of promotion this season.




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Date:Tuesday January 4 2011

Time: 12:39PM

Your Comments

i'd hardly say brighton where hard done by at ours, they where bobbins. im actually amazed they are top after their display at ours. spot on about the rest though, hopeless. 9 defeats from 22 games is clearly not good enough, shocking infact. changes needed.
DEZZYP
are players dont seem to want to to play againest the top teams wednesday have always been a better side when they play on the deck so we do we keep long balling it ?
retfordowl1867
Dezzy P check my rant on the report of yesterday's game and give an opinion. 1st Comment.
jamesc1905
21st comment I mean
jamesc1905
Ha, thats a hell of a rant pal, it was like reading a novel. pretty much agree with most if not all of it. i do think dan jones has some good attributes though, id put him over spurr anyway. what sort of bugs me is how we use tommy miller, at hartlepool, ipswich and any other club he's been at, he often ran past the strikers and was a handy attacking midfielder who chipped in with a few goals, under AI he doesnt do that, falling victim of this safety first approach we seem to have. its great when we go ahead, but doesnt change when we go behind, which kind of explains having won 10 and lost 9 so far. He's a nice fella who id love to see do well but he's had pretty much a year and nothing has changed so i think its time for a change. not sure who but somebody who has his team playing with a purpose, i'd actually love keith hill from rochdale. Low budget yet has them playing great stuff. Despite being in league 1, we now seem to have funding so it must be a very attractive job for most managers. new year, new owner,new optimism, new era and a new manager for me.
DEZZYP
With the way we are playing, the results and milans reputation, i would be a bit worried if i was AI.
Radon Barrier
A revolving door was put on the managers office when Milan took over, don't think AI will be given too many more games if we keep losing. If he lasts through January he'll have done well. That said, not having played since 18th Dec didn't exactly help although impressed with the fitness given most pundits thought we'd flag in 2nd half.
sussexowl
Yeap I don't think Tommy has the legs any more though could be something do with negative tactics. I'll take back my Jones comment well I won't but he has got a good left foot from set pieces. He looked terrified playing right back when came on. Hinds must wonder what earth going on I don't rate him but least he is familar with that role. Again this is poor on behalf of Irvine. I think the time has come we went for a bit of a manger who's been there done it.. Had Laws he turned out to be useless in the end. I don't want Allerdyce heard that mentioned on here. Think Irvine be given until March. Remember, Howard Wilkinson is chairman of the League managers association and was not keen on Mandaric for his reputation of sacking managers. This would been pointed out to him by Wilko as part of the takeover that Irvine was given funding and time... how much is up to Mandaric. 5-1 at Exeter was not a great start.
jamesc1905
I'd like phil brown if he's still available, did well with hull and always remember him givin his players the hair dryer at half time infront of the hull supporters, I think it was against man city.
OWL25
There's plenty of good managers out of a job at the moment Milan needs to act now and let a new boss buy players not let AI spend it i don't think we can move forward under his leadership UTO
madowl
I'd personally like to see the calibre of signings first and how they gWe can't afford to be losing many more games. We really need to hit the ground running especially at home. Charlton next i believe, SSN suggest Denis Wise strongl linked, could be a tough game (if it wasn't already)
tarnyowl
if phil brown gets rid of his unlucky, evil beard i would be ok with that, he was flying with hull until he grew the evil beard. if steve coppell has his head screwed on properly i would welcome that. hmmmm its hard to say, we still have a manager and the right one or two players could change everything i suppose. im not sure, admittedly i do keep changing my mind on the AI issue because im willing him to do well.
DEZZYP
How about Ray Wilkins look what has happened to Chelsea since he as left, makes you think does it not
Owlet
I don't honestly know what I think about AI. He's had a while at the club with no funds and massive off pitch disruption and not very long with funds and harmony off the pitch.... Does he deserve more time? dunno, Do I want to see a new manager? dunno... All I do know is, AI or no AI, we need to improve on the pitch and ASAP!!!!
Owlsmad
that johnson from plymouth has signed, on the club website.
DEZZYP
 

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