Sez Les: Did Warnock play a part in Wednesday’s downfall?

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Hillsbrough, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 24, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Wed. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Hillsbrough, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 24, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Wed. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
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So, Neil Warnock was to blame then. For all of us being denied a Sheffield derby in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

So, Neil Warnock was to blame then. For all of us being denied a Sheffield derby in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

According to Charlton manager Chris Powell, he saw a newspaper article by the former Blades boss in which he hoped Powell’s side would do the city a favour and ensure there would be a big Sheffield footballing occasion.

“Everyone was talking about a Sheffield derby and I’d no need to motivate my players,” said Powell who said he’d ensured his players were aware of the Warnock article. Of course, every stunned Wednesdayite knows where the blame really lay.

A pity someone didn’t do something to get Wednesday’s players riled up though how much more of an incentive they needed I’m not sure.

Sometimes, in big games - and it definitely was one because of all that was at stake - a team will mysteriously fail to turn up when everything else suggests they will. They simply don’t perform. There’s often not much of an explanation for it.

Certainly there’s no explaining the first half no-show and the first 25 minutes was the biggest non-start from a Wednesday side that I can recall, on my infrequent visits to Hillsborough, for many a long year.

What made it worse was that Charlton weren’t really very good either. I don’t know if they’ll have a stronger side out at Bramall Lane a week on Sunday but I found myself thinking that the Blades really do have a good and genuine chance. Of course, Chris Powell will be looking out for any forthcoming article by a certain ex-Blades manager suggesting United really can turn Charlton over. So, over to you Neil - and if he tips Charlton to win then you’ll know where he’s coming from.

*Louis Tomlinson’s appearance for Doncaster Rovers this week was bound to create huge interest. So, how about a one-off 5-a-side clash between Louis and his One Direction mates and the Arctic Monkeys who also have a footballer in their ranks?

As I recall from seeing him play in a local Sunday Cup Final I was covering at Bramall Lane a few years ago, Monkeys’ Jamie Cook is a pretty decent player so surely a 5-a-side game (each with a guest goalkeeper) would give them a chance to tout their skills.

Over 5,000 turned up to watch Tomlinson’s 25 minute cameo but Doncaster Rovers get 8,000 plus, so can we assume Rovers are more popular than One Direction? Well, in Donny at least!