Sportul Snagov v Ripensia Timișoara
It was a frustrating weekend for Snagov as they were held to a home draw against Ripensia Timișoara. The visitors took the lead just before the half-time break and Snagov missed a penalty early in the second half. After mounting attack after attack, Snagov were awarded another penalty in injury time which was converted by Dănălache.
This draw sees Snagov drop to second in Liga 2 but remain undefeated in the season so far. On Wednesday, Snagov travel to Unirea Slobozia in a journey of around 150km east. Snagov will be hoping for a return to winning ways against Slobozia who play in Liga 3.
I’ve blogged before about how Sheffield Wednesday could learn from Sportul Snagov when it comes to fan engagement. I’ve exchanged messages several times with Snagov and they are always friendly and happy to help. I have asked them for permission to use their photos from Facebook as part of this blog and they were happy to agree. Although we can only tell so much from photos, I always have the impression of a community club where everyone is pulling in the same direction.
The Liga 2 table is starting to take shape with Academica Clinceni in first place with a huge goal difference. Snagov travel to Clinceni on 29/09/2018 and the week before host UTA Arad who are currently third. By the end of September, we will have a better idea of just how serious Snagov’s promotion push is.
BBC Radio Sheffield
For the past few years the football team at Radio Sheffield have done an excellent job in my opinion. It is, mostly, a pleasure to listen to their commentary and reporting. They are clear and balanced, and often the recipients of unfair criticism. Perhaps at times their questioning could be a bit more direct with the local managers, but I understand that journalists’ careers depend on the relationships they cultivate.
In the last few weeks Radio Sheffield have lost Jonathan Buchan and will soon lose Rob Staton. I hope they both have great success in their new roles as they have worked extremely hard to advance their careers. I have only had a few, limited, interactions with them both but they seem like genuinely decent guys as well.
It is pretty disappointing that my opinion of Radio Sheffield has diminished significantly over the past few days. A few days ago a Sheffield United fan called up and made some very serious allegations about Sheffield Wednesday. These allegations were completely unfounded and had the stench of bitterness around them. It was a call from someone lacking any awareness of just how serious their words were. The presenter at the time, a new member of the sports team at Radio Sheffield, made no meaningful challenge to these claims.
This evening a regular caller contacted Radio Sheffield to complain that this allegation was not challenged by Radio Sheffield. Rob then brought on the line the caller who made the allegation. I fail to see any scenario where this would end well. It was a very ill considered move and brought Radio Sheffield down a notch in my estimation. This was not serious journalism but rather something I would expect on Jerry Springer or Jeremy Kyle. Thankfully Rob ended the discussion pretty quickly, but this should never have been allowed to escalate to this point. The original allegation should have been challenged at the time it was made with a warning that those types of unfounded allegations would not be tolerated.
When all our players are fully fit, Kieran Lee is arguably our best player. His energy, drive and creativity is unmatched. I rate Kieran Lee very, very highly. I would argue that had he not been plagued with injuries this past year or so we would have been fending off bids in excess of £10,000,000 for his services. I was delighted to see him starting for the U23’s but it would appear his return was cut short as he was substituted shortly into the match. In more positive news, Gary Hooper played forty-five minutes in the 2-1 win over Colchester’s U23’s.
With a fully fit Kieran Lee and Gary Hooper in the side, we are a different beast. The skill and technique they bring to the side is on a different level to anyone except Bannan and Forestieri. These are four players that would not look out of place in many Premier League sides. It is around these players that the team must be built. It’s just frustrating that we don’t seem to be able to get a full season out of Hooper or Lee. I’m hopeful that with a change in approach from our new manager, Wednesday’s injury problems are behind us.
On Saturday The Owls host Stoke, who have had a disappointing start to the Championship season. I’m feeling confident of a win as things stand, but no doubt that will change several times between now and Saturday.
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