This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Sheffield Wednesday’s poor run of results continued in midweek as they were beaten 1-0 by relegation-threatened Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
The defeat means that the Owls are now sat 12th in the Championship table, and are nine points adrift of the play-off positions, which will be hugely frustrating for the club’s supporters.
Wednesday have now lost six of their last nine games in all competitions, which has led to pressure from the Hillsborough faithful on Owls boss Garry Monk.
Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Louis Muhsin has issued his thoughts on their recent struggles in their league campaign, and given their potential off-the-field problems, the regular punter certainly wasn’t in a positive mood.
“The results since Christmas have been nothing short of abysmal (bar the win at Leeds and the FA Cup victories). The team had got themselves chasing down the top two after the win over Bristol City but it has been a near on total capitulation since then.
“The results are all the more frustrating considering we had a run of seven out of eight games against teams – at the time – sat in the bottom half of the league. Add to that the dip in form for the likes of Leeds and West Brom and it’s basically a chance missed.
“Wednesday don’t look like they’ll even finish anywhere near the play offs on current form and with a possible points deduction to come, this season could be a travesty come May.”
The regular punter went on to admit that Monk has to take some of the blame for the dismal run of form that the Owls have suffered since the turn of the New Year.
“Garry Monk definitely has to take some of the blame in my opinion. It’s a subject that divides the fanbase.
“Some say he came in mid-season and has hands tied with other people’s players and whilst I respect that up to a point, this is the same group who were in and around the play-offs for the first-half of the season. They went on a great run of form that saw that surge up the table under Monk but the team has simply lost it’s spark.”
Muhsin also stated that the club’s supporters had every reason to voice their displeasure at the result against Luton on Wednesday evening, and claims that the Hillsborough faithful are losing patience with Monk heading into the weekend.
“The fact is to a man, the squad isn’t playing anywhere near the level it can and should be.
“For fans to travel all the way down to Luton on a cold Wednesday night and sell out a game against a team bottom of the league, you’d expect the players to react. Instead they turned in a ‘performance’ arguably worse than the one at home against Blackburn and left the field to a deafening chorus of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt”.
“Wednesday fans don’t sing that lightly at the tip of a hat, that’s when you know the team and management are losing the faith of the supporters.”
The Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit went on to issue his thoughts on his side’s future plans, and claims that Monk must turn their fortunes around, otherwise he could be heading for the exit door at Hillsborough in the near future.
“Garry Monk’s tactics and team selections are baffling at times and his man management is very much under the spotlight. He was quoted recently saying that the play offs at the start of the season were not a realistic ambition for the squad.
“I don’t think fans and players thought a mid-table/top-half finish would be the target when they lined up on the opening day and to make that comment now will now have any sort of positive effect.
“To sum up, Hillsborough is becoming a toxic place as fans are simply becoming disillusioned and fed up with a capable squad seemingly not turning up week after week and Garry Monk and the players are just as much to blame as each other.
“Something needs to change quick, the longer this form goes on, the more likely chance there is of Monk finding himself along with the out of contract players, looking for a new club in the summer.”
Sheffield Wednesday are next in action on Saturday when they host Mark Bowen’s Reading at Hillsborough, in a game they’ll be desperate to pick up three points from.
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