Well, it's been a week of two halves (not literally, that would be a mathematical nightmare), hasn't it?
First off we had the spirited and energetic performance in seeing off Peterborough at S6 on Saturday, and all seemed well again on Planet SWFC. Then, a mere 72 hours later, we were back at Hillsborough watching a performance that had me wishing I was at home drinking spirits and energetically leaving on 84 minutes.
Luckily, i'm a thirty year veteran of this sort of thing, and rarely if ever let a single result grind me down. So I've immediately forgotten that it ever happened and instead spent the last couple of days getting excited about the long game (and I'm not talking about Chris Kirkland's hoofs on Tuesday night).
Because - and I've written this many times before - the key to a successful team (apart from a striker who can, you know, actually score) is team spirit. That bond between the players and between the team and the fans can make a mediocre team good and a good team great. And it all starts with the players feeling that they're loved, and the fans feeling that they're loved back.
There's one player in the Owls squad who both understands that and lives it every single day of his life. I'm referring, of course, to José Vítor Moreira Semedo, who is both magic and impossible to get past. This week, former internet tough guy and current Radio Sheffield sport supremo, the bald-but-beautiful Rob 'Is that Seth or Andy?' Staton sat down with José to discuss how he's enjoying playing as the fulcrum of a midfield three with Paul Corry and Ross Barkley, amongst other footballing matters. José gave an impassioned endorsement of his two young team-mates (or at least I think he did - his English is still a bit sketchy at times). But the best was yet to come.
Rob mentioned to José that a campaign on internet forum/hive of scum and villany Owlstalk had led to the Nottingham Forest match being designated as 'José Semedo Day', with fans pledging to turn up with Semedo masks, Portugal flags, massive black thighs etc. Not only was this news to José, but it also reduced this warlock of a man to the verge of tears, as he clearly felt so touched that the Owls fans loved him to the point that they'd designate an official date in the calendar in his honour.
For the next five minutes, Rob gently tried to get the interview back on track, but to no avail, as José was overcome with gushing praise for the fans for whom he 'leaves his skin on the pitch' for. It truly was a beautiful moment.
So there you have it. First of all - let's keep doing stuff like this, because it makes our players feel ten feet tall (apart from Miguel Llera, who is already ten feet tall), and a player who is feeling the love naturally plays above himself, which may result in something approaching a 'run of form' (look it up) for the Owls. And second of all, if you're off to Forest for the away game, you'd better make sure that you're all Semedo'd up. Or he will vault into the crowd and two-foot you in the face. Possibly.
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