X-Factor date for Jay Spearing after injury
FROM X-rated to X Factor – Jay Spearing had his Saturday night all planned out as he walked from the Reebok carrying a giant cooler full of ice packs.
After falling foul of a late tackle from Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo, the Whites star was clearly nursing a bruised ankle for his troubles.
But such was the speed of the incident, Spearing was not the best man to ask about whether it merited a red card or not.
“To be honest with you, it happened so quick,” he said. “I just felt him ‘do’ me – whether he’s tackled me, jumped in, whatever, I don’t really know. The lads have said it’s a bad one and he definitely caught me on the ankle, so the ref thought it was worth sending him straight off.
“I’ve got all this ice to make sure there is no swelling and I should be okay. It’s X Factor, a bit of chilling and looking after the baby for me tonight.”
There were a few moans and groans around the Reebok as Wanderers failed to get themselves in front against the Owls and Spearing says he shares their frustration.
“The fans want us to win at home and we want to win at home as well,” he said. “We are a bit disappointed we didn’t take all three points because we had chances to finish them.
“We didn’t get beat and that’s the main thing for me. The last few games we’ve won and drawn and in my mind that means we go into next Saturday still very confident we’ll pick up three points.
“The fans might not be happy but neither are we.”
Parallels may be drawn with Wanderers’ recent form and the six-game run when Dougie Freedman first took charge a year ago.
Back then, the team were coming to terms with a new style of play and, with a few recent additions now settling in, Spearing believes fans may again need to be patient.
“It all starts again and hopefully it goes the same way as it did last season,” he said. “It is difficult but we’ve got to take something positive from the chances we created and the football we played in the second half.”