Well Wednesdayites, we’re now in the midst of a glorious one-game unbeaten run, having clawed back Burnley three times in our last game, and hopefully it’s the start of a resurgence of sorts.
After a run of six straight defeats, in which we conceded 13 goals and scored only three, we’ve picked up a valuable point and can now try and kick on from that.
Yes, we scored as many goals against The Clarets than we have in the last six, but we also conceded more than two goals in a game for the eighth time this season, and lets face it, we really need to get our backline sorted. No team who wants to stay in a division can concede that amount of goals on a regular basis, it’s just not going to work.
However, on the plus side, every cloud has a silver lining and all that, we managed to come from behind on three occasions and battle our way to a point against a side that not so long ago were in the Premier League. It showed bottle, it showed a bit of fight, and to be honest, I’m not surprised that Chris O’Grady was at the heart of it.
O’Grady, who has established himself as a fan favourite at Hillsborough, made sure that Dave Jones didn’t regret his decision to start the former Rochdale man as he bagged a brace that was followed by an absolute beauty from Michail Antonio as our boys recovered from a Charlie Austin hat-trick.
As I say, we shouldn’t really celebrate a draw, we want to be winning games, but, as O’Grady has said post-match, it’s about setting positive foundations.
He said, “Getting back to where you want to go is not always about picking up a big win; it’s about setting the foundation and starting things off. That’s what we’ve done. We played well on Saturday (at Wolves) but didn’t quite get the result. Now we’ve played well and got a result. This Saturday, we’ll be wanting to build again and go again.”
We’re just above the relegation zone, have dropped dramatically off the pace which we set in the early part of the season and are now nine games in with only eight points. However, look at Charlton, the team that won our division last year, and are just one place and one point above us, they were technically better than us last season, and they’re struggling just like we are, we should have expected it.
Anyway, like I say, lets enjoy our current unbeaten run, take in the positives from the draw at Burnley and try and work against the negatives. We scored three, lets keep that up, and I think that O’Grady deserves his place in the starting line-up. He helped take us up last season and obviously cares very much about pulling on the famous blue and white stripes. As long as he’s playing out of his socks, and scoring goals, then he deserves to be there.
I’ve got faith in Wednesday, I’ve got faith in Jones, I’ve got faith in Wednesdayites everywhere to continue to back the team that we’ve so avidly supported over the years, now lets use these foundations, and build a fortress.
Come on Wednesday!
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