Sheffield Wednesday: Onyewu sees two faces of Owls

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Wednesday players have only themselves to blame for slip-ups against lowly clubs, says team member Oguchi Onyewu.

The defender blames a lack of focus and commitment for the sort of setback that saw the Owls fritter away a two-goal lead against Charlton on Monday.

“I think this team has shown two faces,” he says.

“We’ve been capable of competing with and beating the best teams in this division, and we’ve had complete shockers against teams that we should perfom better against.

“You beat QPR 3-0, then go to Doncaster and lose and go to Yeovil and get dominated; you’re two zero up against Charlton and lose 3-2. These are results that should never haopoen.

“I blame it on a lack of focus, a lack of commitment from the players on the field, collectively. I think we have nobody else to blame but the players who are on the field.

“We have a responsibility as professionals to maintain a certain standard. Once you reach those standards with performances against big teams, you have to sustain that; that’s what makes a good team, a great team, not a mid-level team or a bottom-level team.

“Good teams perform well against good competition and poor competition.

“For future seasons to come, the club and squad need to work on maintaining a certain level of consistency in order to fight for promotion.”

But he has every confidence that the Owls are capable of good results against Bolton today and Ipswich next Saturday.

He arguably has more reason that anyone else to display a high level of form, with his contract ending this summer and his target a place in Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA squad for the World Cup finals. It will have been widely assumed that if he does play in Brazil and have a good tournament then the Owls’ chances of keeping him will be lessened.

But his revelation that he may decide his future before the start of the World Cup could be an encourging sign for the club, though of course they must still expect competition for his signature in view of his performances during his current, short-term deal.

USA, Bolton and former Owls loan midfielder Stuart Holden suffered the latest in a series of serious knee injuries on his comeback in an Under 21 game against Everton last month.

Onyewu said: “Stuart when fit is a great contributor to the (USA) squad; he’s just been struggling with injuries for the last few years. Knowing him, he’s a fighter, he’s a realist; he got back to work and is focusing on getting back for next season.

“He’s a solid midfielder. I just hope that when he comes back from this, all the injuries are behind him and he can put the dark days behind him and look forward to the sunlight.”