Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sheffield Wednesday 1 v Charlton Athletic 1

A good point in the end against mid-table rivals Wednesday. According to reports we had several good chances to score in the first-half but Wednesday took an undeserved lead shortly before the break. In the second-half Wednesday came back more strongly and Johan Berg Gudmundson's strike also came against the run of play.

Honours even as Gudmundsson hammers out another 'come-and-get-me' message. I think that puts him on 11 in all competitions and now matches Igor Vetokele. Given his form, he looks likely to finish top scorer and that could tip Player of the Year in his direction. 

At the top, Bournemouth pulled four points clear on Friday night winning at south-coast rivals Brighton. However, Norwich and Boro both won yesterday and Derby scored a late equaliser to maintain a four-way fight for automatic promotion.

In the cellar, normal service was resumed at the New Den as Watford won 2-0. Wigan's battling draw at Fulham on Friday means they are now level with the Lions on 36 and they both have seven points to make up on Rotherham with road running out. The Millwall v Wigan clash on Tuesday is not one for the feint-hearted. A draw is no good to either side and even three points could be choked the following night when Rotherham have a chance at Fulham to drive a stake into the heart of their rivals.

For me personally, it's the top-half battle I am most interested in and Birmingham spiced things up by beating locals Wolves and getting to within three points of Cardiff, Wednesday and ourselves. We badly need a win to try and scramble above Forest and Blackburn. Bolton, Leeds and Birmingham are six pointers for us and I think we need a minimum of four points and ideally six from those if we are to go into the last match with a chance of finishing 12th or higher. I think Bournemouth will be nigh-on irresistible on the last day and I can't see us matching their desire on the day.

Finally, sorry to hear of the death of Ray "Treacle" Tracey. Tracey was a late-sixties, early seventies Covered-End hero. I never saw him play but he was revered by the generation who did. God bless you Ray.

1 comment:

When The South Africans Were Here said...

Remember Ray Treacy in partnership with Matt Tees during the days when Eddie Firmani was manager. One of the best periods in the 20 years I was a regular supporter. Saw him once score with a shot from only just over the half-way line!