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Where Has All The Passion Gone?

Ian May purges the pain of another lacklustre performance from his beloved Owls...

A five hour round trip, plus the cost of petrol and tickets, and for what? A truly passionless performance again from the Owls, writes Ian May.

Apart from Weaver (telling off Reda Johnson after another lethargic and casual piece of 'defending') and Spurr (leaping over the advertising hording to pick up the ball and get the game back underway as quickly as possible) we saw more animation in an episode of Thunderbirds than we did on the pitch.

I arrived home to find another charity bag on the doorstep.

They often spur on my wife to go round the house finding cast off items of clothing, bric-a-brac and other useless items, putting them in the bag and giving them to charity. The dark mood I am in these days after watching the Owls I am lucky I don't get put in this bag myself!

This made me think - now we have Milan in charge, Gary, why don't you fill up your own charity bag?

We have a few suggestions:

Jermaine Johnson - can run fast but rarely delivers anything - put him in the bag.

Clinton Morrison - his walking around and pointing antics are more suited to a traffic policeman on point duty - put him in the bag.

Reda Johnson - way too slow, casual and careless at times, shockingly poor attitude - put him in the bag.

Michael Morrison - also way too slow - put him in the bag.

Chris Sedgwick - a real lightweight - put him in a small bag.

Gary Teale - two games without any decent crosses - in the bag he goes.

Tommy Miller - we've seen more leadership from the captain of the Titanic - put him in the bag.

That Scottish defender we bought that does not even get on the bench - put him in the bag.

Gary, our season is over, and relegation (with this lot) a real possibility, so why don't you fill up your own Owls charity bag. I'm sure Milan will back you - he must be even more fed up than us supporters. After all, he owns the lot of them!

And the charity part - well that would be to us, the supporters, to see some players come in with passion and commitment.

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 14 2011

Time: 10:25AM

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I totally agree and u cud add Mellor to that list but put him in a sack and write on it return to sender.We've under acheived this season after wot looked to being a gr8 season with all the supposedly good signings,a friend of mine who's a Miller put a bet on at the bookies for us to win league after seeing who we had signed.Theres no passion there wot so ever and its shameful to see them players wearing the famous Blue n White strip that was once worn by legends with pride who wore their heart on their sleeve n wud av died for this club.
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14/03/2011 12:49:00

Just one more rant,im dreading tues game v Peterborough can see this being double figures just hope im wrong.
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14/03/2011 12:55:00

Did you run out of space in your bag? if so, get another one and throw the rest in, with the exception of a couple of them.
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14/03/2011 13:26:00

lol @ DEZZYP
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14/03/2011 13:46:00

too right dezzyp - how did potter not make it into the bag?
Patrick Blondeau
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14/03/2011 17:16:00

Cos hes got one all to himself with a brick tied to it with special delivery for the river Don.
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14/03/2011 17:29:00

Potter - he passes sideways into the bag!
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14/03/2011 18:05:00

Gonna need a bigger bag!
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14/03/2011 18:08:00

in hindsight, mellor and morrison would probably miss the bag.
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14/03/2011 21:25:00

i wouldn't keep any of them at all. no exceptions
Hirsty's Shinpads
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14/03/2011 22:44:00

id keep palmer, heffernan and past that i cant see much more staying
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15/03/2011 08:53:00

The first name i would keep is madine, i like the cut of his jib. I honestly think we could have a proper player on our hands.
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15/03/2011 09:09:00

I can't imagine the misery of a 5 hour round trip on top of the heartbreaking time spent actually watching our beloved team capitulate again. There are people that would not get slung into the charity bag in my opinion and given to those even less fourtunate. This is only because I would feel so bad cursing the less than fourtunate with some of them... I would be more willing to offer a broken toaster or a jigsaw with some pieces missing than some of the players we have in our squad. (These players have been given chance upon chance to prove their worth.) The only option for these are either being put out of our misery or paying another club to take them off our hands. Having said that I think there are some good players in the squad but we can't field a team of appropriate quality to get the best out of them. Tonight is the acid test of what Megson has achieved so far... If we can't get a hold of the leauges highest scorers and show our metal it's going to I fear have us looking more and more at the wrong end of the table other than what represents our best outcome for the season which is mid-table.
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15/03/2011 09:12:00

Its obvious that the problems on the field are far deeper than just an unexpected win over Peterborough, which I seriously doubt will happen. Even if we do pull off a surprise result it will just be papering over the cracks. I think all we can hope for now is managing to muster up enough points to stay in this league, which is disgraceful in itself, and then give as many of these has beens and under acheivers the sack (or the bag).
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15/03/2011 11:24:00

... I think papering over the cracks is all we can hope to do with the remaining games of this season. Its a case of trying to make the best of a woeful situation. I have no doubt that we aren't playing the way Megson wants us to play long term but he's trying to grind out the as many results as he can to secure our third tier status. I can't even imagine a win tonight I don't think it's within our capabilities but having watched us away to the Posh Im hoping for a marked improvement. I'll be happy if we can limit to them to less than three goals and don't allow Boyd to makes us look totally second rate by embarrasing us by having the run of the park and ripping us apart repeatedly.(AGAIN!) I'm fearful already, have been since saturday... Pitting strikers that are scoring for fun against a defense that at times is laughable is a situation that fills us all I'm sure with fear. However it turns out tonight you can count on the fact that Weaver is going to have a very busy time of it! My hopes for the future now are I think more realistic than where I was at the start of the season. Survival for this season, a clearout and restructure in the summer, (Hopefully with the creation of an effective scouting system and a rebuild for the youth teams.) a season of re-building pushing for the play-offs and dependent on what happens at the end of next season promotoion the season after or securing a championship position. WTID
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15/03/2011 12:06:00

An excellent assessment of some very average players.Iam fearing the worst against Peterboro(a side that has taken 19 points from the last 21),with the best two strikers in the division.Our heads drop when we go a goal down and show no passion for the shirt whatsoever.We could easily get a right thumping-just hope iam wrong.Be there as usual on the Kop though,hoping for something to cheer!
leons gloves
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15/03/2011 12:46:00

Well I moved from the back of the Kop to the North stand (Kop end) for a better view of the action... have regretted it ever since!! I can now see the faces of the players and can see the look of either despair, panic or apathy in the eyes. I'll be there hoping for the best but fearing the worst!! UTO
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15/03/2011 13:01:00

There is a slender ray of hope: it says ere that Peterborough average 3 goals a game. They scored 6 last time out . . . so to maintain their current form they only need to aim for a quiet zero tonight ;)
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15/03/2011 13:34:00

It may be slender, turned on it's side I'm sure it appears invisible but I'll grasp the the hope with both hands!! ;o) Hell I'll take a 0-0 as a victory!!
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15/03/2011 13:56:00


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