Wednesday should enjoy their day on the Blackpool sands
The last eight days has just about encapsulated Sheffield Wednesday’s season. Excellent in beating Championship leaders Middlesbrough last Saturday, they couldn’t cope with Blackburn strikers Jordan Rhodes and Chris Brown on Wednesday and slumped to a sixth home defeat of the season.
But if you are in need of a confidence boost then Bloomfield Road is surely the place you want to next visit.
The Owls didn’t escape from the Blackburn game unscathed and are likely to be missing Jose Semedo and Kamil Zayatte for the trip to the seaside. Semedo will be a big miss as he’s been one of his side’s most consistent players in an inconsistent campaign.
Realistically, the season is just about over for Wednesday. With 11 games remaining, they are 15 points above the drop zone so already look safe. But Stuart Gray’s men are now the same amount of points below sixth-placed team Brentford so are unlikely to making a late push for the play-off.
Most fans would have been satisfied with a mid-table finish at the start of the season, however, so can’t complain too much and plans and budgets can now be drawn up for a promotion challenge next season under the new regime.
Dejphon Chansiri has used funds from his personal fortune so will want value and there should be no letting up of standards with a number of first-teamers hoping for a contract extension. The manager will also be aware that the new owner might want to bring in his own man so needs to impress.
Will Keane and Atdhe Nuhui didn’t ask enough questions of the Blackburn defence so Stevie May could earn a recall at Blackpool, who are in dire straits. The Tangerines’ fans want the chairman out and the chairman is taking some of the fans to court.
Their team just avoided relegation last season but aren’t going to avoid that fate this year. They started the season with barely enough players to make up a team and it’s been downhill ever since.
A steady stream of loanees have come and gone without making much difference and they’ve managed only four wins all season, though they have all come at Bloomfield Road where the pitch has nearly as much sand on it as the nearby beach.
Lee Clark’s team are 15 points adrift of safety and have already conceded 69 goals. They are also the Championship’s lowest scorers with the manager admitting they now need miracles and they can’t play on-loan Wednesday striker Gary Madine against his parent club – he’s actually been their leading striker since his temporary move.
Though Wednesday have little to play for they should record an eighth away win of the season at Blackpool at 5/6. The Tangerines haven’t failed to find the net in a home game since the beginning of November, however, so back both teams to score at 19/20.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 7 at Bloomfield Road.