Sheffield Wednesday: Drenthe raps Owls critics

Owls second half sub Royston Drenthe causes chaos in the Watford defence
Owls second half sub Royston Drenthe causes chaos in the Watford defence

Royston Drenthe has lashed out at Sheffield Wednesday’s critics as they prepare for this afternoon’s crunch Championship clash at Charlton Athletic.

There were some boos after Stuart Gray’s side were held to a goalless draw with Norwich City at Hillsborough last weekend, a result which extended the Owls’ winless run to seven matches in all competitions.

Despite failing to score in their last three outings, Wednesday’s point versus the Canaries lifted them up to 12th, meaning they are 11 points better off and 12 places higher in the Championship than at this point last season. Former Real Madrid player Drenthe claims some of the flak the Owls have received in recent weeks for their lack of goals has been “unfair”, arguing that defensively the team have performed well.

“I don’t think my team deserves to get slagged off for not scoring enough,” he told The Star. “Of course, I am a winner and always want to win games. I don’t think we are doing that bad that we are in a position to get slagged off.

“The criticism is unfair. We haven’t scored that many goals but we haven’t conceded many.

“We are not scoring goals so we are doing something wrong. We have to improve going forwards and take our chances. We are working hard on the training ground to improve ourselves, to be more aggressive and to score goals. It will come.

“A lot of credit should go to our defence for the way we are defending. We don’t give crazy goals away. I think they deserve a pat on the back for helping us get through the games.”