Owls - We let boss and fans down says Weaver

Leyton Orient v Sheffield Wednesday.....Owl new skipper Nick Weaver at the final whistle
Leyton Orient v Sheffield Wednesday.....Owl new skipper Nick Weaver at the final whistle
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The keeper apologised to fans whose trip went unrewarded and he targeted tomorrow’s Hillsborough clash with Yeovil as a big chance for the 12th-placed Owls to begin a revival of their promotion challenge.

“It wasn’t good enough; everybody knows that,” he said. “There’s only us can put that right.

“We should be kicking on in this league. Training is good; we’re getting good preparation for games and feel as if we’re going into them with a lot of information about the other team.

“There’s only so much the manager can do. Once we cross that line, it’s up to us as players.

“We feel as if we let the manager down. The support was fantastic. We feel as if we have let them down. I have to apologise to them.”

Weaver, born in Sheffield and an Owls fan, was handed the captaincy after the departure of Darren Purse and said: “It’s a big honour to be captain. But it’s overshadowed by the result.

“There are a lot of points to play for. We can’t just keep saying that. We have to start winning games.

“We need to get back to basics, defend better at set pieces.

“It’s a must-win game on Tuesday, a great opportunity. We have to go out there and show the fans we want to win and put things right.”

The team had a following of 2,350 at Brisbane Road. “I feel sorry for them, “ said Weaver, “travelling all the way down and incurring that expense, and we put on a performance that just wasn’t good enough.”

Wednesday had a decent first half. They lost Lewis Buxton and debut-maker Gary Madine at half time, and Tommy Miller during the second half, and crashed after going behind to a disputed penalty.

Weaver said: “We went in at half time feeling probably we should be in front and we were looking to push on and win.

“We lost a couple of players at half time; that shouldn’t make too much difference.

“We went a goal down and crumbled. Once you go behind, you have to stay in the game; we didn’t.

“We don’t want our season to dwindle away and have too many occasions like that. “

Yeovil saw a five-match unbeaten run ended by a 1-0 home defeat against Rochdale.