SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Sheffield wonders ‘what if’ and Madine ows the Owls

The Guardian’s Sheffield Wednesday blogger Danny Wearin looks at the Owls’ FA Cup defeat to Charlton, and their faliure to secure an all-Sheffield tie.

The FA Cup defeat to Charlton Athletic has left the whole of Sheffield wondering ‘what if’ and ‘what could have been’ as the potential steel city derby will not happen.

The Owls let the occasion get to them as they looked to progress to the quarter final of the FA Cup.

A dismal and disheartened opening 30 minutes set the tone as the players just didn’t look up for it.

Charlton took the lead midway through the first half and looked in control of the game. Leon Best equalised in the second half but that wasn’t enough as Charlton restored their lead shortly after.

The Addicks secured their place in the quarter final and another trip to Sheffield to face the blades.

Wednesday must prevent an hangover from the FA Cup distraction and concentrate on securing championship safety.

Stuart Gray will hope his side can emulate the much needed victory at Huddersfield last Saturday.

Jeremy Helan and Jaques Maghoma both scored as the Owls got back to winning ways after two consecutive home defeats.

Middlesborough are the visitors to S6 on Saturday and the Owls must rectify their dreadful home results. Wednesday have only one goal in their last three home outings and could find themselves peering over their shoulders once again if this vain of form continues.

The victory at Huddersfield stretched the away unbeaten record to three months. Last tasting defeat in November at Blackpool.

The Owls sit precariously in 15th but are only four points behind ‘boro in the table.

As Gary Madine’s name was bellowed from the stands on Monday night it come with great excitement that the recently prisoned striker would return to training.

Madine has an outstanding debt to repay the Owls faithful who have backed and supported him during and after his release from his prison sentence.

Personally I feel as though everyone deserves a second chance and hopefully he will be hungry as ever to give his all to the club.