As regular readers are well aware, this column has been known to be found in the proximity of a high fence. It also does not pretend to offer a reliable tipping service. However, the two Sheffield Wednesday results I’ve ventured to predict this season – and stumbled on getting right – are perhaps no coincidence. Losing at Bolton, winning at Aston Villa. Even if they’d been wrong calls, you’d maybe have got the point. It’s somehow typical of the Owls to fall and rise in these type of games.
There is no mention of Sheffield United or the year 2017 in the quote that follows. This is a star of the 1980s and 90s talking. You may find it relevant even so. “If you weren’t doing your job it would be another player picking you out. Not the manager. There’d be arguments non-stop in the changing room. The manager sometimes sat back and let the players take care of it. “Unfortunately, in today’s game those leaders that you want are fading away. I find it very difficult to watch academy football.
Let’s be clear. What follows is NOT an excuse for Sheffield Wednesday’s current mid-table position in the Championship. Nor is it a reason for them to dip – again – from the improved standards they are setting themselves. It’s just a fact. Namely that it is normal this season for clubs of Wednesday’s size, carrying similar expectations, to struggle to deliver. And that will remain the case while ever a dozen and more clubs of top flight pedigree are battling for just three promotion places.
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