The Owls head to promotion chasing Bristol City
They say a week is a long time in football and it certainly seems that way for Sheffield Wednesday fans. Since impressing with a 2-0 win at home to Derby County, Wednesday have gone on a run of four games with out a win. Jos Luhukay has certainly got his work cut out to steer Wednesday away from the foot of the table. A midweek FA Cup exit at the hands of Swansea City made it three-defeats-in-three for The Owls. In the aftermath of the midweek defeat the phrase ‘Spinless‘ was commonly used by Wednesday fans on Social Media. Jacob Butterfield’s performances have been questionable. Butterfield isn’t the flavour of the month with the Wednesday faithful but injuries to key players are keeping the Derby loanee in the starting XI.
Tough fixture away at City
Luhukay selected a make-shift team and opted for a three-man midfield on Tuesday night, a tactic that invited pressure. The last thing that the Wednesday manager needs right now is having the supporters on his case but that’s exactly what will happen if Wednesday capitulate on Saturday afternoon. Bristol City are unbeaten in their last three home fixtures against The Owls. City aren’t any great from, it’s been five games without a win for Lee Johnson’s side (two defeats and three draws). Famara Diedhiou and Nathan Baker are both doubts for the hosts. Wednesday are just seven points from the bottom three and are in need of points, it’s difficult to see them taking the spoils back to S6.
“It was very difficult to create chances in the second half, this is mainly due to the quality from Swansea.” Jos Luhukay via swfc.co.uk
Despite a recent run of games without a win there a number of players who have stood out for Wednesday. Adam Reach deserves the plaudits for the way he has applied himself in midfield. He didn’t have the greatest of starts to his Wednesday career, he seems to have put those early days behind him. Reach has arguably won most fans over with his work rate and influencial performances. Lucas João looks like a striker who is enjoying his football and is happy to lead the line. In the absence of Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher, Joao’s recent performances are a welcome sight. Sean Clare and fellow midfielder Joey Pelupessy have both put in some really good credible first-team performances.
Wednesday’s injury woes have not helped the club’s current situation. The Wednesday manager will need to lean on all of his experience if he is to steer the club away from the threat of relegation. This is not how Wednesday fans expected the 150th Anniversary season to pan out.
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