Time for Owls to buck losing trend

Owls v Brentford......Richard O'Donnell and Gary Madine
Owls v Brentford......Richard O'Donnell and Gary Madine
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INSTEAD of taking a considerable step towards securing their League One safety on Tuesday, Sheffield Wednesday really are looking over their shoulder somewhat nervously now.

Certainly they will hope the “relegation fight” talk which has now surfaced will have been long banished by the time they are scheduled to meet three of the bottom four in successive weeks towards the end of the season!

They are grateful too, in keeping with others of course, that bottom club Plymouth had 10 points deducted last month!

The run of games against Walsall (a), Swindon (h) and Bristol Rovers (a) are still a few weeks away. In the meantime, Wednesday could well have taken sufficient points to have put the surfacing relegation talk back underground before the first of those games arrives.

What’s more, it will take something extraordinary if Swindon (10 points adrift of the Owls) to get even close to them whilst Bristol Rovers (seven points adrift of them) will need something pretty good too.

It might be suggested that if either of those two were actually to finish above Wednesday from the postions the clubs are in right now then you might reckon League Two football really would be happening at Hillsborough next season.

It’s more realistic that the team fourth bottom, Walsall, are the threat for they can haul back a four point deficit.

Surely Wednesday cannot keep on not winning at home which makes their next two games crucial.

Both are at Hillsborough, Colchester on Saturday and then, next Tuesday, Tranmere who are a point behind the Owls with a game in hand. It will make a trio of successive home games which began with the 3-1 home defeat to Brentford on Tuesday.

It was played in front of the lowest league crowd of the season, just under 14,800, but should that surprise anyone?

After all, Wednesday haven’t won in the league at Hillsborough since December 11 when they trounced Bristol Rovers 6-2.

On that Saturday night, the only talk was of promotion - Wednesday were second in the League One table!

Since then seven home games have brought just three points from three draws. The last four at home have all been lost with 12 goals conceded in those four (and all the three previous draws were 2-2).

It has frustrated Gary Megson and probably puzzled him too. They certainly need to put it right pretty sharpish and Saturday and next Tuesday is the chance.

It is unusual when a team has three games in succession at home for the same result to crop up in all three, ie, you don’t seem to win all three or lose or draw all three.

So, when optimism isn’t overflowing at Hillsborough right now, perhaps Wednesday will buck their losing trend and win at least one of the next two!