Sheffield Wednesday picked up a long-awaited win in a forgettable game with Bolton Wanderers earlier this week in the league.
The games keep coming this weekend, though, and the Owls will quickly need to try and build on the three points with a win away at Blackburn Rovers.
Jos Luhukay seems to be just about hanging on, will his tinkering eventually pay off in the long run?
Definitely not, consistency is key. Squad rotation and alternative formations are killing us and I believe are having a detrimental effect on our strengths as a team.
Despite the recent victory against Bolton, this certainly doesn’t paper over the cracks. I’m afraid to it’s just a matter of time before he’s shown the exit door.
A first win for the Owls in a while on Tuesday, can they take much confidence from that?
Not entirely, although a win is a win at the end of the day, Sheffield Wednesday only managed one shot on goal in the whole game and thankfully that lone shot found the net.
The clean sheet was more encouraging, this was only our second clean sheet all season and our first on home turf. You’re only as good as your last game, so I can only hope that this mid-week victory has given us a boost for Saturday, we’ll see.
A trip to Blackburn next up, how do the Owls go about getting a result at one of the toughest away grounds in the league?
Simple, play to our strengths. Wednesday need to feed the ball to Bannan and Reach as much as possible, put crosses into the box, defend from the front and play with some urgency.
Wednesday have a talent in abundance but are failing to deliver this season. I do expect Luhukay to park the bus and setup in the same way as we have done all season in hope for a scrappy one-nil victory, for me, this is his downfall.
Forestieri, Nuhiu and Joao all came on against Bolton – should any of them start?
Forestieri is a must, he’s one of the best players in the league and on his day can unlock any defence, I expect him to start on the left behind the lone striker.
As for Nuhiu, he should remain on the bench as he’s not performed to the highs that we saw at the end of last season. Joao is the only player that may be brought into the lineup for Saturday if Fletcher is not quite 100%, which isn’t a bad thing, Joao has a handful of goals this season and has a lot to offer but remains inconsistent.
I expect this game to be a tight fisted affair and I’m sure Wednesday will have their backs to the walls more often than not.
If the defence remains stable there is no reason why we shouldn’t concede more than one goal away from home, so, for that reason I’ll predict a score draw, 1-1.