The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHEN you’ve just smashed the best team in England 3-0, there’s only one way to go. The Owls were never go­ing to match the in­ten­sity of that stun­ning vic­tory over Arse­nal and so it proved in a flat, life­less first half that never pushed For­est’s weak­ened side out of sec­ond gear.

In years past, this would have been 0-0, or worse. But Wed­nes­day fi­nally have the qual­ity to change a game – and change its pace – and they even­tu­ally ground For­est down. Out­siders they may be but, in­jury per­mit­ting, this neat, in­tel­li­gent Wed­nes­day side are play-off con­tenders.

De­feat was harsh on For­est, who de­fended with skill and brav­ery. But with so many in­juries and no means of strength­en­ing, the lack of real qual­ity is glar­ing.

In a sense, it’s their come­up­pance for years of reck­less over­spend­ing. That isn’t Dougie Freed­man’s fault – he’s just been left to clear up the mess. Sadly, he could be the one who ends up pay­ing for it.

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