As I pen this we have one day left before the transfer deadline day approaches.
Clinton Morrison bags a sweet strike in the FA Cup, and pledges his future despite interest from other clubs...he seems rejuvenated following his loan spell @ MK Dons.
Are you happy with our current strike force, and do you believe Wednesday spent too long embroiled in the Ben Marshall saga ? The will he, won't he saga has a deja vu scenario that followed in the summer with Neil Mellor. It never pays to put all the effort into one target.
So what of our progress this season now the halfway point is completed. At the season commencement we had an average squad – Megson has galvanised the rough edges and purchased a few gems along the way – now we are a solid unit with strong potential for promotion.
At the half way point last year Brighton sat clear of the League One table on 46 points – this season that would hardly raise an eyebrow amongst promotion contenders.
League One looks set to develop into a mini league of seven or eight teams vying for the coveted two promotion places...is any team going to rise from the chasing pack come April ?
Stevenage have been the surprise package – very difficult to beat on home soil, something the Owls have struggled with in recent weeks and those dropped points could prove costly in later months. They also turned us over with a steam rolling performance. Carlisle ? Always around the play off positions. Or is it a straight fight off between Huddersfield, the dark side, and us ?
Charlton seem to have fortified prime spot – however, their time wasting and spoiling tactics will surely bite them at some stage this season.
Their performance at Hillsborough was hardly full of footballing excellence when compared to Huddersfield – but, this seems to work in their favour. Not pretty to see goalkeepers running forty yards to aid the referee in booking opposing players.
Whilst on the subject of fair play Yeovil visit Hillsborough next Saturday – will be interesting to see the reaction from us with reference to their scandalous goal earlier in the season.
So who do we expect to vacate S6 in the next 24 hours – will it be Beevers, Sedgewick , or even Liam Palmer all with little chance of gaining a regular starting shirt for the last haul of the season.
The squad Megson has built is starting to show some pedigree in the battling second half of qualities so sadly lacking in previous campaigns. Jose Semedo's signing was Megsons inspired coup travelling down to London to broker the deal showed the passion he has for our club. This has been repayed in his performances in midfield this season, without doubt the signing of the campaign up to now.
I would like to see Ryan Lowe given more game time as he has footballing ability in abundance when passing - feel we may sign another midfielder – John Bostock @ Tottenham is today's rumour (which has now happened - Ed) and a back up striker in case the injury curse strikes in the second half of the season. The problem with loan signings is clear for all too see – it is a stop gap to plug problems, and never a long term fix.
The Ben Marshall scenario shows how loan moves can actually alert other clubs to their potential with a bigger wage budget structure to offer him better terms.
February will be a crucial month with two derbies on the horizon, an FA Cup replay and a chance to pull clear of play off contenders MK Dons tomorrow, here's hoping till next time."
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