A weekend without football is always an annoyance, but for Sheffield Wednesday, they can be quite happy with how Saturday’s results went for them.
Yes, the Owls’ game against Swansea was postponed, much to the annoyance of the fans, but a number of the games that were played today went in Wednesday’s favour.
Birmingham and Coventry lost, meaning the Owls are still only one point from safety, and while Derby getting a win against Middlesbrough was less than ideal, it could have been a whole lot worse.
Let’s be honest, if Wednesday had played Swansea on Saturday, there’s every chance they could have lost that game, the Swans sit third in the table, while Wednesday are relegation-threatened, and delaying a potential home loss against a top side can only be a good thing for momentum.
Rather than heading into the next game off the back of a loss, Neil Thompson faces Stoke in midweek with his team still riding the crest of a wave, having won three of their last four games, and having the extra incentive of a game in hand on some of their nearest rivals.
It can be tough to go rally the troops after a loss, but after Coventry and Birmingham lost, and Wednesday avoided a potential stumbling block against Swansea, Tuesday’s team talk should write itself.
Of course, Wednesday will have to play Swansea sooner or later, and they will likely go into that game as underdogs, but at least their current run of form and the momentum that has come with it hasn’t been derailed.
We understand that we sound massively pessimistic here in writing off the Swansea game as an inevitable loss, and to be honest, we shouldn’t write Thompson’s side off so easily after some of their recent results.
However, the stands that this postponement could turn out to be a good thing for Wednesday. They have the momentum of their recent good run, they have a game in hand, and results have gone their way.
This postponement may have just gifted Thompson a brilliant opportunity to rally his troops to continue their charge with a bit more momentum and added incentive.