Prior to Saturday's 5-2 thrashing of Reading, Sheffield Wednesday were languishing at the foot of the Championship table with the dubious accolade of being the only side in England's top divisions without a victory this season.

Saturday's performance belied their lowly position as they outplayed a Reading side full of Premier League experience sitting in a lofty fifth place in the Championship.

Despite their perilous position, Wednesday supporters have been very patient. October and November normally signals the start of 'sacking season' for managers up and down the country as early season expectations are not fullfilled.

However, whilst other teams have decided to part company with their managers, Wednesday have stayed loyal to Dave Jones at a time when he has needed it most. This in itself is a breath of fresh air in a footballing world where instant gratification is demanded.

Wednesday have had their fair share of managers over recent years and chopping and changing the man in charge does not guarantee success.

Wednesday cannot be fixed immediately. For far too long this great club has been in the doldroms both on and off the pitch, languishing in the second or third tier of English football.

There are now signs that financial stability has been gained and that is down to Milan Mandaric's business skills. Now it is time for the team to stand up and fight for this great club. They certainly did that on Saturday.

Let's be honest, Reading were very poor but Wednesday earned their right to play in the game by stamping their authority on the match. With a potent strike force of Connor Wickham and Matty Fryatt, they were always a threat up front.

Despite languishing in the bottom three for most of the season Wednesday have not been playing badly. Rather, they have drawn far too many games, let leads slip and generally been on the receiving end of bad luck.

The only heavy defeat they have experienced was a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of a Jesse Lingaard-inspired Birmingham City. Narrow defeats against high-flying QPR and Burnley were filled with positives and finally their performances could well yield the points they deserve.

Impressive recent away performances at the likes of Barnsley, Leeds and Bolton have earned good points and on another day they could have had all three in each game. Their defence has been solid for most of the season.

Certainly the Hillsborough faithful have not deserted their beloved side. An average attendance of just over 20,000 for a club struggling for form is no mean feat and their away following will always be one of the best in the league.

Hopefully, the Reading victory will be a turning point and will fill the players with confidence and a belief that they do belong at this level.

It is certainly not all doom and gloom at Hillsborough. The team can now build on this first victory and start to climb the table. They have some very capable players at Championship level, it is just a matter of sticking together and grinding out results.

A unified approach from the chairman, manager, the players and the supporters is important to the future of this club. It would be great to see them back in the Premier League one day in the not too distant future.

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