Sheffield Wednesday fans were understandably happy on Thursday night as their great rivals lost to Newcastle United.
The Owls haven’t had much to shout about in recent years in comparison to Sheffield United. While the Blades have enjoyed two promotions in three seasons and a great start to their first Premier League campaign in 12 years, they haven’t played in the top flight since 1999/00.
So it’s no great shock that a 2-0 loss to Newcastle at Bramall Lane would please them. Yet there was one thing about the coverage – from Amazon Prime for the first time – that really ticked their boxes.
In an arguably bizarre decision, the man chosen to co-commentate on the game was Chris Waddle. Not only is Waddle an ex-Wednesday player and legend at the club, he also played for Newcastle and was born in the area.
Even these Owls supporters couldn’t argue against that being at least a little biased.
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It was a decent night for the Magpies all round. Allan Saint-Maximin scored his first goal for the club, a controversial VAR decision went their way for the second from Jonjo Shelvey, and they moved level on points with their opponents.
So having Waddle also fighting their corner was an added bonus.
Of course, Blades fans were less than impressed. It was a disappointing game for the South Yorkshire side; not only because of the result, but also the performance.
Having gone unbeaten in seven fixtures prior to this, it was a lacklustre display that has not been typical under Chris Wilder.
And having to listen to Waddle only confounded things.