Sheffield Wednesday 2 - West Bromwich Albion 2
What to say? A bit of a horror show.
With Phillips out I was disappointed Burke or Leko didn’t make the bench. We don’t have a driving alternative on the right and I class Edwards as a striker like Gayle.
The game was open to begin with and it looked like we’d score soon before Wednesday took the lead with stunning strike aided by poor defending and no closing down.
The second goal was crap defending too.
I thought our two main weaknesses were the limitations of Mears on the right and Bartley seeing way too much more of the ball than he or anyone else was comfortable with.
Fair to say too that Barnes was making the wrong decisions or nothing was happening for him.
We might have scored goals but for tight margins. By early second half we were desperate for thrust through the middle and out wide.
Frankly, I couldn’t believe the triple sub. It seemed to make changes in the wrong areas and from then on I have no idea what formation we were playing and who was playing where. It didn’t look like anyone was playing in defence anymore and we should’ve conceded more.
Somehow with 5 to go Brunt demonstrated that a semi-functioning player out wide on the right could create chances and to his credit deliberately put the ball into a position from a cross where we had to score.
2 minutes later Barnes picked the ball up and did what no other player in this league can with an incredible solo dribble from halfway and finish.
From there we might have snatched it or lost it.
A game where everything about us felt like a loss yet the result felt like a victory. Our individual quality and relative wealth almost embarrassingly taking a point.
On we go. This is crazy but it’s sort of fun for the first time in years.
Brendan, have you thought about stand up son? You are bloody funny my friend, and I mean ha ha.
It's Ozzie Ardiles time. Eeeeeeeeeee weeeee score seeeexee and thheeeyy five, so weeeee win.
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