A total stranger watching the match at Barnsley would not have thought it was a local derby, writes Steve Walmsley.
Only one side started the game with the drive and tempo associated with such a fixture and it wasn’’t us.
Seyi Olofinjana and Stephen McPhail were outgunned in midfield for an hour and we had to resort to long punts upfield to JJ and Matty Fryatt with no positive effect, not surprisingly given that is not their game.
The improvement only came when Atdhe Nuhiu went up top and Barnsley tired a little.
We were the better team for the last 30 minutes and had chances to win but a draw was definitely a fair result.
Overall though, it was a game between two teams who look like they are going down to League One.
With a quarter of the season gone, we are the only club in the four top leagues without a win and we have had our worst start to a league season.
There are Wednesdayites who will say that in most games this season we have been in contention, that we have not lost many, and, had decisions gone differently, things could have been much better. I understand those points.
They will also say that Dave Jones has not had a big wage budget and that Milan Mandarics’’s attempts to sell the club have destabilised things a little bit.
Personally I think that DJ has to face the music for where we are right now, as a consequence of too many poor signings and for a producing a side that doesn’t have enough tempo and can’t play with confidence at home.
I hope that the Reading game is the one where we turn it around, but I guess that the Royals, with no defeats in nine games, will not be quaking in their boots.