Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2013/14 Issue #5

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The Wednesdayite Weekly: We're back, baby

In this week's return:

➤ Eddie is still desperate for a win
➤ Matt Savage is going FULL POWER
➤ Why D'You Only Take The Away Coach When You're High?

All this, and MOAR REDA



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The international break probably came at a decent time for an Owls side that was battered, bruised and low on confidence after a start to the season that, while being far from catastrophic, hasn't yielded either the performances we hoped but also the points that those performances deserved.

With Dave Jones continuously pointing out that we weren't going to do any business on deadline day seeming to be a smart move until the injury to Anthony Gardner, the prospective capture of Roger Johnson on loan throws into sharp focus the need for the Owls to strengthen in the loan market but also the impact that unforseen injuries can have on an already-tightly-run ship.

On paper, we can't have a better prospect that the visit of Yeovil tomorrow. It's the perfect fixture to allow the Owls players to control the game, dominate possession and most importantly start to remake themselves behind new skipper Reda Johnson - surely a brilliant move by Dave Jones given his iconic status with the fans and talismanic role in the team.

I'd expect Wednesday to attempt to take the game to Yeovil, especially with a potential centre-back pairing that is either untried (Johnson) or suffering from something of the Martin Taylor-itis of last season (Zayatte, with his run of catastrophic individual moments). It's all the more important that we find a way to exploit the wealth of potential going forward, with Antonio and JJ obviously important. But I'm looking for Nuhiu to step up and show that he can be the fulcrum of everything we do going forward - he's a weapon at this level that just needs proper calibrating.

In other striker news, it's decision day for Gary Madine up at Leeds Crown Court. Whatever the outcome, Madine needs to go back to basics and change the way he approaches the role as a professional footballer both on and off the pitch. He's got all the tools to be a top player - he just needs to look at fitting the jigsaw together in a different way.

Up the Owls!

Eddie Hoyland



Matt Savage has built up quite a following for his blog, which meticulously - and ever more full of pictures and details - records the Owls' progress match by match from his armchair.

This time out, he's dealing with our last game - away at Middlesbrough.

"As kick-off approached The Owls announced the emergency loan signing of Jordan Spence from Premiership side West Ham United - and the youngster goes straight into the side as the injured Lewis Buxton misses out. Another surprise for the away side was the lack of a striker in the starting line-up, instead Michail Antonio and Jermaine Johnson would be looking to speed past the Boro' defence from advanced positions in a line-up reminiscent of the successful one vs Hull City last season. The home side will look for their first win at home this season and look to build on their last two matches - both draws in what would be only their fourth league win at the Riverside in 2013. Wednesday haven't won here since 1991, could they change that?

The home side don't take long to threaten the visitors goal when barely 2 minutes into the game a dangerous Justin Hoyte cross is dealt with by Kamil Zayatte before George Friend blazes a shot wide. Two fouls in quick succession by Michail Antonio show how enthusiastic the winger/forward is in the early stages, pressing the Middlesbrough players on the ball. On the 8th minute former Everton and Coventry City forward Lukas Jutkiewicz bursts into the box but fires his shot wide of Chris Kirklands goal before a cross by Friend is cleared. Boro' have started well and are finding plenty of space on the ball but the noise from the stands is all from the away following as surprisingly, plenty of red seats are visible in the home stands. When the home defence clear a Jeremy Helan corner with ease, their counter attack ends when Friend fires his shot over the crossbar when he really should have tested the Wednesday keeper. With new signing Atdhe Nuhiu, standing at 6ft 6in - not included in the starting line-up the temptation for the long ball is gone and when they do have the ball, Wednesday are playing some neat football."




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Not Wednesday news, but certainly of interest to Owls fans, this - SUFC supremo Kevin McCabe has finally found someone to help him out with propping up the basket case club on the other side of the city, selling 50% of SUFC's parent company (not the one that owns the stadium and training ground; the one that owns...erm...Chris Porter?) to Prince Wotsisname of Saudi Arabia.

Predictably the Blunts fans have been imagining Man City level money materialising in S2, which is fine until you realise that a) The Fresh Prince is one of FIVE THOUSAND princes in the Saudi royal family, and b) his major business interest is a toilet paper factory in Turkey.

We will continue of course to take a keen interest in how this story develops, but 'untold millions of investment' doesn't seem to sit well with 'fail to sign Leon Clarke on loan'.


We don't like to jump the gun here at Wednesdayite, so we're not going to talk too much about this, but you may have missed a statement from Mr Mandaric where he mentioned that there are currently two serious parties at the table investigating the possibility of investing in SWFC.

Milan has stressed repeatedly that he is looking for a new party coming in who can push the club forward considerably and who is a safe pair of hands for the future of SWFC. We take him at his word, which is probably why things seem to be moving slowly. Better the right investment tomorrow than the wrong one today...

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