Sheffield Wednesday: Differing views over size of Owls’ success

Keiren Westwood views the Owls' season as one that has out-weighed expectations
Keiren Westwood views the Owls' season as one that has out-weighed expectations
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Debate is likely to rage on for a while over whether this season has been successful for the Owls.

The rather disappointing drop off after the flirtation with the play-offs will lead some to view the campaign negatively.

But others will look on the positive side. After a few years of struggle, Wednesday never looked in any danger of being caught up in the relegation fight.

The debate even rumbles on within the Owls squad.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood believes Wednesday have exceeded expectations this term.

“It has been a positive season for the club with the takeover,” he said. “I would like to think we have out-weighed expectations.

“The club had been near the bottom of the league in the two previous seasons.

“When Stuart Gray took over last year, he got the lads playing unbelievably and got them away from the bottom of the table.

“We finished strongly and he has progressed it this year.

“We were free from relegation a long time ago. We are comfortably in mid-table.

“With a little bit more luck this year, maybe we could have finished higher.

“A few big injuries for key players came at wrong times for us.”

While he says the season has been a very good one for the Owls, Chris Maguire believes the standard was always in reach of the squad.

He said: “I don’t think you can say we have over-achieved.

“We have given 100 per cent every week. If we are not having a good day, we will still fight and dig in. That comes through the characters in the dressing room.

“It’s been a great season.”