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Don't Hassle 'The Heff'

Owls striker Paul Heffernan did his trademark 'come off the bench and score' routine last night. Vital writer Ian leads the calls for a first-team start for 'The Heff'

I will not discuss last night's match, trauma like that is best reviewed with the aid of a psychiatrist, writes Ian.

What a change (again) was made by Paul Heffernan coming on.

So why don't we seem more of him?

I remember an English lesson at which we had to read the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, a long poem about a sailor who shoots an albatross and then suffers terrible bad luck.

I imagine just after signing for the Owls Paul Heffernan must have accidently shot an albatross, which killed a black cat as it landed, knocked Paul over into a mirror which broke as he tumbled under a ladder.

How else can we explain the lack of the Heff in our side this season?

Whilst most of players play miserably until half time, and then come out and play 'better' in the second half, when they feel the pressure to win is off, we have hardly seen anything of Heffernan in order to judge his contribution.

What we have seen of him has looked good, and just the thing we need with this formation (besides a new midfield, defence and a few strikers obviously), a backwards facing striker, good at the link play, does not stand around and point, and excellent alongside a tall striker.

Yet sadly we have seen little of him. Not only does he not start games, but inexplicably, often does not come on as a substitute either.

The North Stand where I sit (and suffer) usually call for him to come on when substitutes warm up, including a woman behind me who gets so excited and so shrill shouting for him to come on her voice goes up two octaves until it can only be heard by dogs!

Today I heard on the radio that Mandaric was equally disappointed with the appalling performances. So come on Garry, our season is over (apart from the very real threat of relegation), so don't hassle The Heff, play him instead.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 16 2011

Time: 4:57PM

Your Comments

couldnt have put it better myself !! give the HEFF a chance
SWFC_LUKE
Megson say's he starts on saturday in is interview with radio sheff utd
ecco owl
I saw Heff a few times when he was at Notts County,He always put in a good shift and was not afraid to break sweat.If we had 11 Heffs in the team this Saturday I would consider going to Southampton to watch them. GM really has got to have faith in him It will be repaid.
tommacandernie
that should read in his interview
ecco owl
How long av us fans been pleading for Heffs to get a chance not jus wi GM but also wi AI,Heffs works his socks off and puts more into a shift in 20 or 45 mins then CM does in 90mins.He chases every last cause and doesnt giv defenders time on the ball.I think he cud be our saviour of this dour season.
ollyowl70
Heff got to start sat.the rest need to look at the Owls motto'Consilio et Animis' and just think fans are been asked to renew there season tickets.Put it on here before and we won the next game so here goes.Not much courage shown last night or the 2 home games before.Even Weaver looked dodgy last night doesn't seem the same keeper that came out on that pitch against Dag & Red confidence breeds confidence
vic mobley
He probably has that caged animal mentality about him now! He comes, he scores! I'm not a coach but is that not the point of football, scoring goals?!
Owls That!
it's typical wednesday - how you play really doesn't matter, it's who you know and what clauses your contracts hold that determine whether or not you play. disgraceful - hopefully Megson will get a grip of us and get Heff on the field!
s5owl
I went to the Q&A session with Gary Megson a few weeks ago and someone asked him why Heff isn't starting. Concerningly he replied with 'his confidence isn't quite there yet'?!?! surely allowing the lad to start will help towards his confidence growing? Defo should start on Saturday.....UTO
mallyman
good news! i'm pleased he is starting. for me it is essential to have a decent partnership up front and hopefully we pick the right man alongside him. i know morrison is taking some stick at the moment but in the only match heffernan and morrison started together we actually looked cohesive at the top and the link up between the two if them was miles better than any other combination we've attempted this season. madine and heffernan haven't been tried together from the start so perhaps that partnership could work. whatever we try it can't be any worse!
Hirsty's Shinpads
Ive wanted Heff to get a run in the team since AI was here.He always looks like he could score,nearly won us the game against Charlton when he came on at 2 down,scored one and hit post late on.Scored against Peterboro and then had another disallowed,puts the effort in and works his socks off.Pity the others dont show his commitment-BRING ON THE HEFF !
leons gloves
should start on saturday if only for his goal on tues night play him alongside madine againest the saints teale and jj on the wings go for it
retfordowl1867
unless johnson is going to do his job properly and stay on the wing and get to the byline I cannot see any reason to play him. and on past evidence he won't do any of those things so he wouldn't be in my team, i couldn't give a toss about the odd selfish wonder goal he scores once or twice a season.
Hirsty's Shinpads
Bang on Hirsty! It's like playing with 10 men when he plays! WOW, he can run quick!
Owls That!
 

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