Chris Holt’s Sheffield Wednesday Column: Look around... it’s nowhere near as bad as you think it is

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Sometimes as a football fan when you think things aren’t going as well as they should, it pays to have a look around.

There has been a little bit of a cloud floating around Hillsborough for much of this season so far, with some Owls supporters, driven by added expectancy and more big spending in the summer, believing that results should be better than they have been.

Those fans aren’t necessarily wrong, because for the majority of games, Wednesday have been dominant in terms of possession and chances created, yet aren’t scoring enough goals to reflect that.

With that minor gloom in mind, it appeared a little surprising to see Carlos Carvalhal’s name on the shortlist for September’s Championship Manager of the Month Award.

Such has been the somewhat down-hearted feeling, that few thought to have a good look at how everyone is doing and going by the rest of the nominees, Wednesday’s record for the month stacked up alongside most.

Perhaps it’s the nature of football fans to place too much focus on the negative.

But four wins from five in September, with three of those successes arriving via a comeback is an excellent return.

Newcastle United, Norwich City and Reading, whose managers were also on the four-man list, can’t better that.

While it’s arguable that Carvalhal’s side should be perhaps five or six points better off than their current haul of 17, that would have placed them into second or third in the Championship table.

In short, there’s very little between ninth, where Wednesday currently reside, and top spot occupied by Huddersfield Town, the Owls’ next opponents, who few believe will stay there for the duration (with respect to the Terriers).

Consistency is demanded from a side who have ambitions to be challenging for promotion but perhaps we are just being a little too demanding.

In my view, the Championship is the most competitive division in world football. The number of strong teams, many of them swimming in huge pools of cash; the intense fixture schedule often consisting of three games in a week...being consistent against those challenges is near impossible.

That there are no teams pulling away shows how difficult it is and perhaps sitting three points off the play-off places at this stage of the campaign really isn’t to be sniffed at. Derby and Aston Villa would love to be in that position right now.