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31 December 1969

Owls Blog - Early Season Review 2011-12

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    Owls Blogger and Sky Sports fan zone SWFC blogger Carl Mullooly returns to Wednesdayite.com with his first blog of the 2011-12 season.

    "We are now 9 games into the season and the League 1 table is starting to take shape. We are currently 4 points from the automatic promotion places after a somewhat turbulent start to the season, which is a decent position to mount a serious promotion challenge. It looks like there are 5 or 6 teams who will be aiming for automatic promotion.

    With the money we have spent, the expectancy of our fans is that we will be one of these teams, and I think we will. Huddersfield look like they are starting to pick up and are continuing on their record breaking unbeaten run. Charlton and Sheffield United have set the early pace and Preston have a strong squad, whilst MK Dons look a good team with an exciting young manager. This just shows the size of the task, but does not lower the expectancy!! It’s going to be a tough old battle for promotion to the championship.

    Gary Megson is still in post however there are mixed feeling amongst supporters despite our position. I’d like to see him given time; however I can see other’s frustrations and why there is unrest among some supporters. My view is that, as manager, he is ultimately responsible for the results. I would like to see him shoulder this responsibility, which I don’t think he did after the humiliating 5-1 defeat at Stevenage. Having been at this level before, I’m sadly used to losing to teams we were once 4 divisions above, but the nature of such defeats is what really hurts and causes embarrassment. I was also disappointed with the way we dealt with our Johnstones Paint Trophy game against Bradford. The rule about having to play a number of first team regulars is wrong, but I didn’t like to see us being disrespectful and making 3 substitutions in the first quarter of the game.

    All that being said, it was positive to see us get our first away win at Yeovil this weekend, in controversial circumstances. I know there has been some discussion about Yeovil’s equalising goal at Huish Park. Generally it’s not really a problem in the game, so it was really disappointing to see the unsporting behaviour of Yeovil in scoring a goal when we expected the ball to be returned to us. In a strange way that decision could well prove a turning point for our season and it certainly spurred on the players to come from behind to win. Our away form has been woeful so far this season and getting that much need victory means we’ve passed another hurdle. If we want to be in the promotion mix we need to get some points on the road.

    Our home form has been the big plus point of this season. The games I have seen at Hillsborough have been entertaining, and we have a 100% record at this time. Playing at S6 has been one of the real problems over recent years. Disappointing performances and even worse results have created a tension and apprehension amongst supporters, however if we can continue to play well at home and pick up the wins we can make Hillsborough a fortress and somewhere teams fear playing. I can recall season 1996/7 when we only lost one game at home to Chelsea, however other than that I struggle to remember when we had a strong home record.

    I hope all supporters get behind the manager. More disruption and upheaval is not what we need at the moment. I know there have been some disappointments so far this season, and the performances haven’t been glowing, but we are not alone in this. I can see potential in the team and am hopeful that we will pick up results.

    I’d like to see less off the pitch problems, with the latest being the apparent fall out between the manager and Clinton Morrison. It appears they have never seen eye to eye and Clinton was starting to show the form that made him a premiership player. Ultimately if we are winning games and playing well, side issues will be forgotten.

    Up the Owls!

    Follow me on twitter @carlmullowly


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