Wednesday fans long overdue a thumping win
Wednesday duly got back to winning ways at doomed Blackpool last week but it wasn’t a game for the purists. On a pitch which was better suited to camels than footballers, Lewis McGugan’s free-kick evaded everybody to find the bottom corner 10 minutes into the second half of an instantly-forgettable encounter to seal the points for the Owls.
It was probably deserved as the Championship’s bottom club never really threatened to find a way past Kieren Westwood.
McGugan is a target for Stuart Gray this summer as it appears he’s not wanted by parent club Watford but there will need to be further additions if Wednesday are to mount a serious promotion challenge next season.
There were a few players going through the motions at Blackpool and that has been the case in the last few weeks with a mid-table finish almost assured. The Owls are now 10th in the table but the top six look well out of reach and inconsistency has set in.
Hillsborough has not been the fortress it should be as Wednesday’s home record betters only that of the three teams currently cut adrift at the bottom. They’ve won just four of 18 Championship games in front of their own fans and have scored fewer goals at home than any other side in all three divisions of the Football League.
They missed a couple of sitters again at Blackpool and that will give this Saturday’s visitors, Fulham, hope that they can get something out of their trip to South Yorkshire.
It’s been a desperately disappointing campaign for the Cottagers after their relegation from the Premier League last season but they could have been facing back-to-back relegations had Kit Symons not steadied the ship following Felix Magath’s sacking.
They beat high-flying Derby County three outings ago but conceded five at home to Bournemouth in front of the TV cameras last week and haven’t managed a goal in their last three away games. In fact, their record on the road overall is poor as they haven’t won away from Craven Cottage since the middle of December.
Defender Fernando Amorebieta is suspended and international Bryan Ruiz and Hugo Rodellega will probably be leaving in the summer so aren’t playing with a great deal of conviction so this looks a good opportunity for Wednesday to get some relief from those home blues.
A home win is 19/20 and it’s about time Gray’s men started taking a few more chances so it might be worth a look at backing the Owls on the European handicap conceding two goals at 29/4.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 14 at Hillsborough.