This week saw a vital week for the Lions as they could pretty much make themselves safe with two home games before the F.A. Cup semi final against Wigan this Saturday. They are slowly edging themselves to safety, but it’s slow and painful to watch.
Saturdays 1-1 draw at Birmingham will be seen as a very good point as they are in decent form. and other teams around us didn’t pick up points.
So attention turned to one of our games in hand, Tuesday nights game at home to fellow relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday. This saw a real smash and grab for the Owls as they somehow left 2-1 winners after a last minute goal from Chris Maguire.
The Lions were one up after just a minute with Jimmy Abdou firing in from close range after great work from Chris Taylor. Wednesday didn’t pose a threat until a free kick just before half time. Miguel Llera’s shot found its way somehow through the wall, meaning that Davis Forde was found scrambling to the other-side of his goal, and failing, 1-1 at half time.
The chances continued as Jermaine Easter looked certain to score on a one-v-one but he just fired it at Chris Kirkland’s legs. Kirkland then had to be at full stretch to keep out a acrobatic Sean St Ledger shot minutes later.
It looked like the Lions would have to settle for a draw, meaning they would be six points clear with most teams still having to play five games, meaning they were very close, if not safe. But no… Maguire flicks in for the winner in injury time.
Yes it was a sickener but there were some positives from the game, the Lions played well at times and that by the time we kick off against Wigan we will have two games in hand again, yes, it’s better to have points on the board, but it’s a better position than most teams.
But one major negative was the striker wonder that is Rob Hulse.
When he first came in he was slated but I thought “Give him a chance”. His chance has been and gone, he has to go down as one of Jackett’s worst ever signings, making the Darius Henderson sale look even more confusing.
He’s a big striker who does not jump, use his body to try and shield the ball, and frankly, walks around like he doesn’t want to be there, an absolute disgrace.
We’ve brought back Shaun Batt from Orient this week, now in theory Batt should be nowhere near the team but when he came on for Hulse he changed the game! And unlike Hulse he looks like he actually cared and put in some effort!
The only reason Hulse will play at Wembley is that we basically have no one else.
Now to Wigan.. To be honest, it is just a day out, we are expected to get beat, if we somehow end up in the final! It’s just a humongous bonus.
My predicted team for Wembley.
Dunne Beevers Shittu Lowry
J.Smith Trotter Abdou
Taylor Hulse Keogh