Here we are again, Heading into that international break watching our beloved Stevie G and Wayne Rooney come across players with Names we cant even Pronounce, and I bet we will still be waiting until the final 15 minutes for that net to ripple!
Internationals Aside though, The real talking Point in this blog is Sheffield Wednesday and the Coca Cola Championship. We are 5 games in and we have picked up 8 points, 8th Place just behind our arch rivals United and with back-to-back victories we are only one point outside the Playoffs. Not Bad I think, Especially for the Owls who are known for being bad starters.
I will contiune in that wave of thought with the brilliant Victories, firstly the 4-0 thrashing of and then the 3-1 away victory over Plymouth. The Former coming infront of a home crowd of 20,000. The reason behind these two victories wasn many Wednesday Fans eyes as the Loan Acqusition of Luke Varney from Derby County, a familier face as he played in Four games towards the end of the 2008-2009 campaign scoring two goals. Kudos goes to the Gaffer Brian Laws in this deal however, who said Wedensday needed to bring in a Striker and he did so. His Impact was clear to see aswell, With the South Yorkshire Club looking brilliant in Attack via link up play from Varney against Nigel Adkin’s Outfit, Getting there Just reward in Hitting Four past Joe Murphy, and creating plently more chances! Although Varney did not get on the scoresheet, his performance did not go unnoticed as he was left the field to a standing Ovation from three sides of the ground after being replaced By Ex-England Internation Francis Jeffers in the 71th Minute. The Scorers included Former Skipper Richard Wood, Jamaincan international Jermaine Johnson, a first goal for last Seasons top scorer Marcus Tudgay and stunning Goal by Darren Potter rounded off a scintillating display.
Next Up for the Owls after the Scunthorpe match was a trip to Port Vale in the Carling Cup in which Brian Laws made seven Changes from the Team that beat Scunthorpe, the most notable being Luke Varney (Oh No! Hes not ranting on about him again is he?) who was left out due to being Cup tied having played forDerby County In the first round. We headed into the match confidently following the drubbing of Scunthorpe at the Weekend although this match did not end in Wednesdays Favour, A dismal performance from the boys in blue and white. Although the main Talking point from the Owls point of view was the sending off for Francis Jeffers Late in the First half for Violent conduct after appearing to headbutt Vale’s Captain Tommy Fraser. After the sending off things went downhill for the Owls, and long story short we lost 2-0 due to two goals in three minutes from Kris Taylor and Rob Taylor, the first being a brillaint 25 yard volley, with the shell-shocked Wednesday giving little reply in attack. In the Aftermath of the Defeat Brian Laws gave Ex-Arsenal man Jeffers a maximun fine and placed him on the transfer list. Here is what Brian Laws had to say in an interview after the match.“His conduct last night was totally unacceptable and something that this football club will not tolerate from any player. We have therefore enforced the heaviest punishment available to the club with immediate effect and transfer listed the player. The kind of behaviour enacted on Tuesday night is completely unacceptable and does not represent what Sheffield Wednesday stands for and clearly sets a bad example for the game of football.”
The Last Match in Sheffield Wednesday’s Campaign so far was a mammoth Journey down to Plymouth where Brian Laws and the Owls were seeking revenge from a league double caused by the pilgrims over The Steel City Side Last Season, One of the matches being an embarassing 4-0 defeat. Wednesday reverted to the same successful team that won against Scunthorpe the following Saturday, with seven changes being made from the Port Vale Defeat. Wednesday got in the lead just after the half hour mark as a teasing corner came in from the left and was headed across the 6-yard box by Tudgay for Wood to get his Second of the Season and put the owls up and running. The game was pretty even and could go either way until That man again Luke Varney was tripped in the box and won Wednesday a penalty, Marcus Tudgay stepped upto take the Penalty and even though Roman Larrieu got a hand on it, it was not enough to stop the owls doubling their lead. The next goal of the game was a excellent free-kick from Debutant Alan Gow, as his curling effort gave Keeper Lee Grant no chance. The remaining minutes were going to be franctic for the south yorkshire Side and the Fans until ex-Derby county striker Marcus Tudgay wrapped the game up in injury time by finishing a brilliant flowing move with an exquisite side footed shot.
All in all we go into the international break from two league victories in a row and a much deserved rest for the players. An Opening Month which sees Wednesday losing only one out of the 5 games played and this defeat coming from Newcastle, A team which many think will be up at the top come the end of the season. Our Two victories have come with Luke Varney playing in them, Coincidence? only time will tell.