Owls fan’s view: We must keep Kirky and defence duo

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Trips to the Keepmoat haven’t worked out for us in recent times and that trend continued on last Saturday, writes Steve Walmsley.

After a decent start we just seemed to fizzle out and lose all tempo in our game, and once that’s gone it can be hard to get it back.

Donny only really threatened our goal once in each half, the goal they scored was offside, and on another day we would have ground out a point but sadly it didn’t happen.

Brighton are a tough nut to crack: before they played us they had the lowest goals conceded tally in the Championship, and it’s still equal lowest with Burnley, and you could see why.

They were very drilled at getting back behind the ball when they hadn’t got it and Ince in front of the back four did a tremendous job defensively.

It called for hard work and patience as we didn’t quite have the spark on the night to open them up.

I thought Afobe coming on gave us some fresh energy down the left, Best was tireless in his battle with Upson and Greer and Kirky pulled off the saves we needed.

If you can’t thrash a team,there’s nothing quite like nicking it at the end and that we did!

With 48 points and 16 points clear of the bottom three, even I think we could be safe now. One more win will seal it definitely but I think we do have to look up and onwards to the top half.

The building for next season has started with Palmer and Lavery signing up; we need to get Kirky, Loovens and Onyewu to do the same as well - the defensive spine of the team will then be strong.

If we could get three points tomorrow, it’s full steam ahead for 2014/15!