PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Derby County - football




PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Derby County

PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Derby County



Saturday’s draw with Barnsley extended Wednesday’s winless league run to seven games.
It’s difficult to see where that first league victory will come for Jos Luhukay, in truth.
While acknowledging the obvious caveat that this current crop bear little resemblance to a full-strength side, this team is what we have to deal with for now.
This is the team that is either going to distance itself from a relegation fight or slowly fall into the mire.
Some key individuals within this outfit are so bereft of confidence that only the latter vision of the future looks possible.
The team lacks any clear direction on the field and there is a very little leadership: problems which have blighted Wednesday all season but have become more profound as the technical standard of the team has dipped.
Individual errors are only contributing to the negative mood, with several more on display thisSaturday for the Barnsley equaliser. Pelupessy caught on the wrong man. Missed tackles from Joao and Reach. More missed tackles from Jones and Venancio. A weak challenge from Palmer. The mistakes extended beyond one Reds move. Missed passes aplenty, poor tackles numerous, players petrified to make an error.
These are not traits indicative of a second string Championship team. They are a reflection of a team that has totally bottomed out.
Enter Derby County. Who’ve lost just once in their last nineteen against Wednesday.
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There’s a curious, warming sense of familiarity in walking up to Hillsborough in hope rather than expectation. This season – Wednesday reverting to type, namely not being very good at Association football – has almost felt like welcoming an old friend, or returning home after living away.
Any time we welcome Derby to Hillsborough we live in hope, but the two sides are so drastically far apart right now that it’s almost laughable to envisage a positive result and a blue and white goal fest.... view: 0
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