RAMBLE | Wednesday 0 – 2 Wolves

RAMBLE | Wednesday 0 – 2 Wolves

It’s been a long time since I’d been to Hillsborough, the 2-0 win over Huddersfield with a Ross Wallace thunderbastard strike was the last time I’d been in S6. There are numerous circumstances why I haven’t attended, with the rising price of games in the Chansiri regime, I find it hard to justify a trip from the West Midlands which could end up costing in excess of £100 and given the way I’ve seen us play on TV and the chuntering on the messageboards and social media, it’s not exactly enough to encourage somebody to make the pilgrimage to Sheffield. To make up for the lack of live football in my life and not willing to go to see League football, I’ve been to a few of the local non-league sides, Solihull Moors being a particular favourite with the chilled atmosphere and friendly club, their hut of a club shop being far more lively and welcoming than the drab Hillsborough megastore. A special mention to the pies at Kidderminster too, if a football club was judged on pie quality, Kiddy could be the Real Madrid of the pie world.

Being up north for the week visiting family, the long absence of SWFC football, the special memories of the League Cup and the relative cheapness of the tickets tempted me enough to get a game in. Not willing to listen to the s**t stirring on Radio Sheffield and driving from the Donx, I decided to knock up a shortish playlist which in some ways described Wednesday and my hopes for them (points if you figure them out).

Never Say Die – CHVRCHES
Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
Clearest Blue (and White) – CHVRCHES
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Ghost Town – The Specials
I Can’t Wait – Stevie Nicks
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Pale Shelter – Tears For Fears
Toxic – Britney Spears
Sing A Happy Song – The O’Jays
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris
These Dreams – Heart
Lonely Cities – Tigertown
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
Dark Horse – Katy Perry

With these tunes belting and me driving down the Dearne Valley Parkway singing at the top of my voice, solo car singing is just the best and with me badly caterwauling solo, the journey passed in no time.

It’s always weird being at Hillsborough for a League Cup tie as standard practice is to shut the Kop and Grandstand and with those two being my preferred destinations on a matchday, a decision had to be made – South or North? A cointoss decided this dilemma and I ended up in the South.

One of the changes

Jos fielded an entirely new team compared to the weekend whilst Wolves backed by a fairly sizable contingent for a midweek League Cup tie fielded their record signing Adama Traore and whilst it wasn’t what I’d imagine Wolves’ strongest side would be, it still had a lot of talent in it.

It was a bit strange to hear the sides come out to something that wasn’t Waterfront but in time Reverend & The Makers will grow on me and it must be great for them as Wednesday fans to hear their music greet the players.

Of course “Hi Ho Silver Lining” was belted out just before kick off but very halfheartedly by those around me in the South Stand.

THE MATCH

I’ll keep the summary short and sweet because writing a long one would give this forgettable match more than it merited. Although it’s kind of like a free hit in cricket with no real consequences in defeat, there were plus points.

The much maligned David Jones seemed to be the main driving force and certainly had the most possession, he like a lot however laid too many passes astray but he never shirked from the ball and always wanted it even if the end result wasn’t always what he or we had hoped for.

Impressive performance

Ash Baker made one of those tackles that was worth the price of admission alone in the first half and his enthusiasm and work rate will win over the masses in no time, even throwing in the odd mistake or positional error, the same can be said of Fraser Preston.

Fletcher worked hard and put a shift in on his road back from injury although there was precious little supply, his improvised effort forced Ruddy into a cracking save.

Forestieri looked off it and in a way tries to do too much with too little. We all know there’s more that he can produce, I’m not sure that we know how to procure it though.

Fox looks shot mentally although having precious little support from Nielsen and Boyd in dealing with Traore in the build up to the first goal didn’t help his cause, for his sake he needs to be moved on.

We were competitive for the first 20 minutes or so but Wolves and their superior quality turned the screw just enough to see us off and didn’t really need to get out of second gear, they really should have gone in one to the good as Gibbs-White missed a glorious chance and although the work rate was there from Wednesday, we rarely looked like creating chances or troubling the Wolves goalkeeper, we could have played while Saturday and not scored.

It was a free swing though and not a lot will be lost or gained from it. It was nice to be back at Hillsborough even if the mood was apathetic and it was great to see Matty Hamshaw back to do the half time draw, one of my all time favourite Wednesday goals was scored by him in this very competition way back in 2001.

On the minus side though, if this is the brand of football that people are paying £30+ for every week, I feel for them as it isn’t exciting or pleasant to watch.

In being more or less told in that very passive aggressive fan survey last season that it was either put up with the high ticket prices or the better players will go, it’s become a transitional time for Wednesday. The money spent chasing the dream has come back to haunt us (it’s easy to say it’s stupid in hindsight but it is what it is, for a botched penalty kick and a Hull wonder strike, things could be very different now) but it is what it is and there’ll be plenty of lows on the road ahead with the odd high point (my, it feels like 2007 all over again doesn’t it?). I do believe that for all their faults that Dejphon Chansiri, Katrien Miere et al are trying their best for this club despite the PR disasters and will hopefully learn from their mistakes.

There’ll be a lot more change in the coming months and years as we try to steer the good ship Wednesday into the money laden waters of the Premier League although this year it’s about consolidating and trying not to get dragged into a relegation battle.

Besides, it’s not our style to do things the easy way, it never has been. There’s a good time coming (be it ever so far away) and hopefully it won’t be 19 months until my next Hillsborough visit.

UTO

Danny (D-Good)

Owls Alive

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