It’s here. It’s finally here. After months of stressing over England buggering up and losing on penalties, Team GB buggering up and, well, losing on penalties. The football season has returned and my, have Wednesday wet the appetite…
On Monday night The Owls took on Oldham Athletic in what was the first test for the new squad that Dave Jones has assembled for our most recent stint in the Championship and, had we gone on the first half display, we’d be shaking in our boots. However, a tremendous second half performance not only forced a comeback and won us the game, but it gave me those goose bumps. Those goose bumps that only football can give.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, there’s been an unusual air of optimism surrounding Wednesday this preseason. We’ve signed well, got a good coach at the helm and for the first time in ages we’ve got a bit of stability. Despite all this, half an hour into the Oldham game we found ourselves 2-0 down with our backs to the wall and, by half time we’d managed to miss a penalty as well.
I’m not ashamed to admit that my first thoughts were, “Well, what did I expect, it is Wednesday”. I tweeted something along the lines of, “Good start Wednesday. 2-0 down”, but then, from deep inside me, I had a pulse of assurance. Whether it was the fact that it was a cup game, the fact that my girlfriend said it would be alright, or purely because, for some reason, I actually have confidence in this team, I don’t know, but I added ‘#KeepTheFaith’ to my tweet. Anyway, when the second half started up, despite the score, I didn’t think we were out of it.
Football is a wonderful game isn’t it? Over the years we’ve seen comebacks like Liverpool v Milan and Newcastle v Arsenal, but nothing really beats seeing your own team do it. To non-Wednesdayites we were dead and buried at half-time. United fans tweeted their happiness, “Let’s all laugh at Wednesday”, obviously just bitter about their defeat at the hands of heavyweights, Burton Albion.
However, the boys came out fighting in the second half. DJ said after the game that he’d had ‘one or two words’ with his troops and I’d put money on the fact that some of them weren’t suitable for sensitive ears.
Anyway, second half goals from Jermaine Johnson, Chris O’Grady (2) and Michail Antonio secured a 4-2 win over the Latics and, in turn, cued a Twitter attack on those Blades who, like last season, had begun tallying their roosters before they’d come into the world.
Yes, we could focus on the fact that we were 2-0 down against lower league opposition, but do you know what? I’d rather take heart from the fact that we came back from a shite first half to really show a pair of bollocks and score four goals to win the game.
I, like many Wednesdayites, will choose to see the second half display as a true indicator of what to expect this season and continue to be excited at what we could offer to England’s second tier.
Jones said, “I’m spitting feathers. That was the worst first half I’ve seen. I remember the first 45 rather than the second.” And so he should, his job is to stop us doing that again, to get the player’s heads right. Our job however, is to support our boys, to take the positives and keep battling against the moronic Unitedites who continue to regurgitate the same spiel quicker than a nauseas drunkard.
It’s nice to go into my office and be proud of what my team are doing, proud of their resilience and proud to see a group of players that really know what it means to pull on that blue and white shirt.
On one final side note, I’m dead chuffed to see Antonio signing, he proved his quality against Oldham and I think he could be the final piece in DJ’s puzzle. There’s also talk of Jose Baxter and Jay Bothroyd coming to Hillsborough. I’d be happy with both of those if they happen, as long as Bothroyd doesn’t bring his Ugg boots…
Come on Wednesday!
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