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One Last Trip To S6 1SW

Well, here we are again then.. One game from Wembley, this time last year we were waiting for the game at Brighton and what a night that was. We clung on, it was completely different to what we saw in Huddersfield on Sunday as we weren’t clinging on there no matter what the home fans will try and tell you.

The talk since that first leg has been mainly about our defensive stability at the John Smith’s Stadium, on social media there were many dispelling the thought it was a good performance in ANY sense, but that’s their prerogative I suppose and I certainly don’t agree with them.

Anyway. Wednesday night beckons and with tickets in home areas hotter than the surface of the sun, it promises to be one hell of an atmosphere inside our grand old stadium; I’d love it to be full to capacity but that’s another story entirely.

So, looking forward to the game itself then, what will happen with the team? There are a couple of variables, will Fernando Forestieri feature after taking quite a few heavy whacks in the first leg? Will Sam Hutchinson be fit to play after missing out entirely on Sunday? Personally, I think both will play in the game. They are arguably our big game players in two differing senses. With Forestieri’s trickery and ability to create something out of nothing and Hutchinson’s tenacity and never say die attitude we are definitely worse off without them. BUT that’s not to say we’re as reliant on two players like we were last season, we have a great squad and wonderful individuals to call upon now; especially in forward areas.

We’ve been told by Carlos Carvalhal that things will be a little different to the weekend, and although we came away from West Yorkshire with our heads held high, he also admitted that some details didn’t go to plan WITH the ball and it’s hard to disagree. At home, under the lights it’s going to be a different game entirely from our point of view and our visitors will have to deal with that as well as the aforementioned MUCH LOUDER noise from the stands.

On the opposing bench their gaffer, David Wagner, has said that he’s not concerned with what Wednesday are going to do and will focus on his team. He would say that, all managers do. His side have been decent away from home this season as they are one of just five teams who won ten or more games on the road (one more than Wednesday who won 9). However, they lost more away from Huddersfield than Wednesday did from Hillsborough (9-7)

The Terrier’s first choice ‘keeper can come back in on Wednesday after missing out through suspension a couple of days ago, but it’s also been said that Danny Ward has been suffering with illness too, so is he REALLY fit to start? There’s one thing that is as certain as night follows day, is that Wagner will throw his centre backs forward late in the game if need be. Tactical genius right there, I mean how innovative is that because we’ve NEVER seen anyone do that before!!!??

Stats can be skewed somewhat to read whichever way you want them to read, positive and negative. The away side play on the face they had loads of possession, we play on the fact it meant nothing as they didn’t score. Huddersfield conceded finished the season with the worst goal difference (-2) in the top 13 places in the Championship, Wednesday’s was 5th best in the Championship (+15). See what I mean?

All that matters on Wednesday night is who wins. Nothing else. We have to let talking stop at 7.45pm at Hillsborough and it’s the actions that will speak loudest. No media bias, no proliferation of what might be, it’ll be replaced by passion, commitment and at the end of the game. ONE WINNER.

We now know who awaits for the winning side at Wembley tonight as Reading nudged their way past Fulham last night.

I watched that and it only served as motivation for me supporting our lads even more tonight.

We don’t need a call to arms, we know what’s at stake, as I said right at the top.. We’ve been here before.

However. Think of this. We’re all Wednesday aren’t we. Let that linger in your mind today and into the evening tomorrow and let’s not have any doubt whatsoever that we as supporters have done everything humanly possible that we can to positively SUPPORT the boys at Hillsborough.


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Unread article 16/05/2017 at 09:47



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