Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Embarrassed’ Weaver faces up to harsh reality

Plymouth Argyle v Sheffield Wednesday....A dejected looking Owls keeper Nicky Weaver at the final whistle
Plymouth Argyle v Sheffield Wednesday....A dejected looking Owls keeper Nicky Weaver at the final whistle
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NICKY Weaver admits that he finds it embarrassing to see Wednesday in such a lowly position.

A season that for months held out hope of promotion has seen the Owls slip uncomfortably close to the bottom four.

The keeper says: “It’s embarrassing to be part of a team of the stature of Sheffield Wednesday languishing where they are now; it’s unthinkable.

“It’s the reality. It’s where we are. The players have got us into this position. It’s only us who can get us out of it.”

Weaver, rated the best keeper in League One by Gary Megson, will have a key role to play as the club bid to climb from 14th place.

But Megson feels that so far he has been given too little protection by the players in front of him: hence 24 goals against in the last 10 league and cup games (also 27 in the last 10, league only).

Weaver admits: “It’s been the same for the last few weeks. We have been giving ourselves too much to do.”

Since the 6-2 win against Bristol Rovers on December 11, the Owls have picked up only three points from eight league games

“I don’t think anybody saw it coming,” says Weaver. “We were in good form. Then we started to lose games and we haven’t been able to turn it round.

“We went from having the best defence in the league early in the season to all of a sudden shipping goals all over the place.

“We have to start defending better as a team, stay in games longer and take the lead when we’re on top.”

Weaver also says that Megson has made an impression on the players:

“We’ve all been impressed with him. He’s told us how he wants us to play. It’s a case of getting back to basics, defending properly and winning games,” he said.

“For Sheffield Wednesday to be mid-table in this division is unthinkable, but that’s where we are.

“The gaffer has come in with some new ideas, and hopefully that will take us up nearer the play-offs.”

Weaver says he has no complaints about the captaincy being given to another experienced player, Clinton Morrison.

The keeper was picked as skipper by Alan Irvine after the exit of Darren Purse, then James O’Connor took over for the MK Dons game when Weaver was injured.

But Morrison is Megson’s choice. Weaver says he was told by the manager it was nothing personal. “He’s not a big fan of goalkeepers being captain,” he said.

“I was proud to be captain, but I fully understand.”