NEXT time the stoppage time board goes up, Sheffield Wednesday followers may well cringe or look away should their side be holding a lead!
They won’t have to look away for long, mind you, as so many fourth officials are up and down so quickly with the board that many fans never see it anyway!
The hurtful stoppage time concession against Huddersfield was bad enough for Owls supporters and manager Gary Megson reckoned it a one off and wouldn’t happen again.
Unfortunately, it didn’t just happen again but got worse at Walsall on Monday with two conceded in the time added on to leave the 3,700 Owls followers feeling glum just when they were poised to celebrate a sixth away win.
No doubt Wednesdayites will have been counting the cost of those lost, stoppage time goals and pondering where they would have been without them. The instant calculation is five points better off for starters!
But factor in that League One leaders Charlton got their winner at Yeovil on Monday in stoppage time and the top of the table really does have a different look to what could have been without all those late, late goals.
No doubt some Owls fans will have been reflecting as much and doing the maths!
The gap to Charlton is now eight points. Had Wednesday seen out both stoppage times, against Huddersfield and Walsall, then they would have been five points better off.
In addition, Charlton’s winner at Yeovil meant they bagged two ‘extra’ points, winning rather than drawing, so there has been a seven point ‘swing’ in all.
It would, therefore, have meant just ONE point between the clubs instead of eight albeit Charlton still out in front.
In addition, Wednesday would have been guaranteed to be well clear in second place after Boxing Day instead of sweating over whether the Blades could knock them out of second place which, of course, they did.
So far, Wednesday haven’t actually won a league game, or drawn one, with a goal scored in stoppage time.
So, if things do even themselves out over a season, the Owls could have one or two decisive late goals going in the opposition net at some stage!