FREED­MAN’S HANDS ARE TIED YET AGAIN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THAT’S how you end a slump. Set for a tilt at the top two in mid-Fe­bru­ary, a ropey run of form had the Owls fret­ting over a place in the top six.

But with class acts like Barry Ban­nan and Fer­nando Forestieri ably sup­ported by unsung he­roes like Kieran Lee, a re­turn to swash­buck­ling style was al­ways a mat­ter of time. The per­for­mance of Ai­den McGeady, too, is hugely heart­en­ing.

All the pent-up frus­tra­tion of de­feats to Rother­ham and Pre­ston were taken out on poor For­est, who – with lit­tle to play for – meekly ac­cepted the role of punch­bag.

The fury of their sup­port­ers was pal­pa­ble but you have to feel sorry for Dougie Freed­man. His hands are thor­oughly tied and it’s doubt­ful any man­ager could have used th­ese play­ers – in any sys­tem – to get a re­sult. Wed­nes­day were su­pe­rior in ev­ery way. The Scot has done his best with lim­ited re­sources – both here and at Bolton – and de­serves a chance to at­tack next sea­son with a full com­pli­ment of play­ers.

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