Dave Allen - the argument for

Last updated : 27 October 2006 By Andy Parsons

A brace from Marcus Tudgay and a Steve MacLean penalty gave The Owls a 3-2 victory which for the most part of the game, was their best performance of the season despite a slight lapse at the start of the second half where Dexter Blackstock fired in a quick brace to equalise.

McAuley said afterwards: "'We should focus on the performance of the players - they need to take all the credit. When somebody scores two against you in quick succession it can harm you. But they kept a belief in themselves and pushed on. It showed a lot of character and good mental strength."

Chants of 'Allen out' were heard all throughout the game and it seemed to me that more supporters were concentrating on boardroom issues rather than getting behind the lads.

From where I was sitting, I heard the players being booed as they ran out, which I thought was disgusting - the lads need our support more than ever right now - allegations of coin throwing towards our own players again is unacceptable.

One person is not bigger than the club, whether it be Paul Sturrock or Dave Allen but one thing is for sure, the players who wearing the blue and white shirts on Saturday afternoon are the most important people.

I am personally gutted Paul has left the club and I believe he should have been given more time but if you listen to Allen's interview, as a passionate Wednesdayite who wants to the club to succeed, I agreed with every single word the chairman said and I encourage that every Owls supporter listens to it.

Look at the facts: Sturrock and Allen agreed that we needed ten points out of our next five games following the Leeds defeat - we got two; since Sturrock signed his contract, the performances against Hull, Derby, Sunderland, Barnsley and Colchester have been dire and we were lucky not to have been beaten out of sight by the ten-man Tykes.

Sturrock has done a fine job at Hillsborough, for that there is no doubt but perhaps he has taken the club as far as he can - he is a hero at the moment but if the club continued with him in charge and we got relegated, would the Scotsman still be held in such high regard? I very much doubt it.

I know Allen is not the most popular person at Hillsborough, I can understand why fans are wanting him to go, but if you look at the bigger picture, in my personal opinion, he has the best interests of the club at heart.