Sheffield Wednesday faced an almighty thrashing at the weekend as they were knocked back by Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough.
The Owls’ afternoon took a turn for the worst after Massimo Luongo dubiously received his marching orders in the 23rd minute before they capitulated in front of the home crowd, losing 5-0 by full-time.
Following the match, winger Adam Reach was the only player to front the media but his comments have gone down like a lead balloon.
He said: “It’s a blip. We started poorly, conceded a goal and lost a man and then we couldn’t really come back from that. But I would like to think they weren’t booing or having negative thoughts over commitment and desire because I thought we all showed that and worked hard over the 90 minutes. We never gave up. It just wasn’t our day.”
To which fans have responded…
It is on that evidence Saturday relegation fodder
— Richard Mangham (@teddyatswfc) January 20, 2020
Of course the season’s over,it was over when we didn’t take a point over Christmas, it’s over because of results like this,it’s over because you lot bottled it on too many occasions
— Albert Ramsbottom (@AlbertRamsbott1) January 20, 2020
It’s quite worrying if he thinks that looked like effort ….only with the intro of Hutchinson and Nuhiu did we have a couple of players covering as much ground as the BR players
— John Magness (@JohnMagness1) January 20, 2020
I beg to differ lack of creativity lack of pace season over
— Craig1973 (@craighay) January 20, 2020
I’ve got news for you imho it’s ludicrous to think we are a top 6 side !!! 10th at best
— Tony Hinds (@tonyblueowl) January 20, 2020
Where is our captain … he must be damm good in dressing room cos he doesnt look a leader on pitch and we dont here much from him off it.
— James Saint (@JamesBSaint) January 20, 2020
Several supporters have taken a swipe at the team as a whole – one questioned where the captain was, claiming his influence in the dressing room must be very good as he looks far from being a leader on the pitch.
Another labelled Reach’s comments “ludicrous” while one more said the side looked like “relegation fodder.”
Others responded directly at the 26-year-old by telling him to “shut up” with a further member of the Owls faithful suggesting that he gave up on the pitch.
— RETRO WEDNESDAY (@WednesdayRetro) January 20, 2020
— OR_1992 (@OR19922) January 20, 2020
#swfc I hope Garry Monk corrects this impression of Reach's.
No, the application wasn't there; yes, you did give up. "Desire" isn't just going into your own bubble and "running about".
There was an almost complete abdication of responsbility towards the tactical setup. https://t.co/mRDJa0ECRv
— Peter A. Løhmann (@ploehmann) January 20, 2020
We don’t want calm we want consistent effort, passion and desire that’s all 😡
— Andy Bairsto (@swigowl) January 20, 2020
I would love to call you out on this and say you did give up but I left on 35 minutes
— Mark (@mark42swfc) January 20, 2020
Some fans took it a step further and offered direct criticism at Reach.
One member of the home crowd said he’s only worthy of being an occasional substitute in this time while another added that he should be the first out the door as he has a “heart like a pea”.
Would be for Reach if I was picking team. I’d use him as an occasional sub.
— Andy Clayton (@AndrewClayton93) January 20, 2020
would be one of the first out of the door, heart like a pea. Says he doesnt get too up when we win, or down when we lose, which is entirely the wrong attitude. another one happy to pick up 20k a week and stay in this league.
— Adam Milner (@adamtmilner) January 20, 2020
Reach has assisted the second-most number of goals in the Owls squad this season with six, only bettered by Barry Bannan’s seven, per WhoScored.
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