Smithy column: Steve Bruce is starting to give Sheffield Wednesday fans what they want

There were some ‘forceful’ twitter comments after my observations last week on Sheffield Wednesday’s current mindset and their late equaliser in the 2-2 at Rotherham.

Monday, 25th February 2019, 09:44 am
Updated Monday, 25th February 2019, 09:57 am
Owls fans at Hillsborough for the 3-1 win over Swansea. Pic Steve Ellis

But, with respect, some seemed to miss the point, or maybe I didn’t make it very well. The majority of respondents were angry because they thought it was having a go at Owls fans.

Not so.

Right at the top, the piece acknowledges the unbounded joy of a 100th minute equaliser. Of course fans are rightly going to go insane at snatching a late, late draw from a local and increasingly bitter rival. That’s not in dispute. The point was that Wednesday, as a club, should be giving their fans much more to shout about and Steve Bruce needs to wake it up.

Recent results show he is starting to do just that.

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