Ok - it’s not good losing against Wednesday. But was it unexpected??? It was definitely unexpected that we won against Fulham. We have to step back and take a hard and wider look at what is happening at Barnsley. Listen carefully to what people at the club are saying. As far as I’m concerned - and the directors will probably agree with me here - the Wednesday game was only game number two at the start of the new owners journey. Last season and this last close season was all about sorting the mess out at the club and pointing the club in a NEW DIRECTION. Twelve players purchased. All of them young players. All of them on 4+ year contracts. However, Barnsley at this current moment in time are going to be hard pressed to beat teams full of highly paid old campaigners that you see at clubs like Wednesday. Players such as Winnall on £1 million per year for sitting in the dressing room. But there is a limit that these types of clubs can operate at before the brakes are put on. Hence Wednesday having to go through financial somersaults, selling their ground to the owner etc, to keep the boat afloat. Wednesday are hoping that they can gain promotion with the large amount of money being spent there at the moment. If they don’t - then in the next few seasons - as the Barnsley players mature as individuals and as a team - there will be a crossing over point between Barnsley and Wednesday. Mark my words on this. When that happens Wednesday under their current business strategy will need to throw £££millions at their team to try and compete with Barnsley. Will the Wednesday owner be able to maintain that level of layout in the next few seasons ??? With what’s been said recently i don’t think he will. And although I’m basing this post on Wednesday - other clubs in the Championship can be put into this category - Leeds for example. Paul Conway was right when he said this close season has been the best in Barnsley’s history. In the meantime this season there is going to be a roller coaster ride of results at Barnsley - and especially so in the period leading up to Christmas as the players become accustomed to playing in this new team. As Paul Conway said - this season is all about securing a place in the Championship. It’s an important season at Barnsley - one that they are laying down the foundations to build on.