FAN'S VIEW by Alan Houghton: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Bolton Wanderers 3
2:23pm Sunday 27th April 2014 in Sport
NEVER mind renaming the Reebok Stadium, let’s move to Yorkshire; five visits, five wins.
There was a party atmosphere for our last away trip of the season as the fancy dress and beach balls appeared.
It was a pleasant drive over a sunny Woodhead Pass.
Lunch was at the Waggon and Horses at Langsett, where they specialise in home-made pies to die for. Chicken, leek and onion pie, chips and veg, washed down with a couple of pints of Farmers Ale got the day off to a cracking start.
We were on the infamous Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough, which is one of the most uncomfortable away fans’ facilities around these days.
The refreshment area under the stand is too cramped and the tunnels to the seats are very narrow.
Dougie Freedman gave a debut to Oscar Threlkeld at right-back and he responded by having a solid game. Later he brought ‘one of our own’ Andy Kellett on and he impressed again.
The Wanderers started in party mood. We were three goals up inside 30 minutes through Neil Danns, Chung-Yong Lee and a 25-yard cracker from Liam Trotter, who just might have won some more fans over with this effort. Joe Mattock pulled one back with an equally good shot before half-time.
Every time we attacked, we looked like scoring.
Wednesday’s defence was non-existent and without Chris Kirkland in goal, the assistant referee and our own poor finishing, we would have a cricket score.
Their fans were streaming for the exits well before the end, prompting a chorus of ‘Is there a fire drill?’ from the celebrating Wanderers fans.
It was a great performance with lots to admire, not least two promising youngsters.
Dougie must have done something right as the fans were singing his name, which is something they haven’t done for a long time.