Owls fan’s view: League takes precedence over FA Cup

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After 12 games without defeat, two on the bounce is a bit of a downer, but if we had been promised three draws across the last three games, we would have taken it, so overall the outcome is ok, writes Steve Walmsley.

Also on the positive side, the performance against Derby was excellent, apart from scoring.

I thought the tactics were spot on; the 4-2-3-1 formation nullified Derby so that they hardly laid a finger on us, compare and contrast to Pride Park, where they cut us open at will.

Lee Grant had more to do than Kirky and the only difference was a worldie from a Chelsea player who is on fire at the moment.

I thought our new Chelsea player, Sam Hutchinson, did well when he came on, even if going to ground in tackles was a common feature (he will need to curb that to avoid bookings).

Gary Gardner and Leon Best both looked a bit ring rusty but they did ok.

The other positive to note was Antonio looking like he might be able to recover his form of old.

We will need Gardner and Hutchinson, with both Semi and Kieran Lee sadly out for a while.

I have tried to avoid FA Cup fever as, for me, getting to a safe position in the league is the key thing.

Of course I understand the potential excitement of getting to Wembley on the back of beating the porky foe but doing that and being relegated won’t be right. We have to set that aside and deal with it if and when it comes up.

Getting a positive result at Huddersfield tomorrow is the number one priority. After that we can set the league aside for the tension of a Monday game against Charlton.