Sheffield Wednesday are the early pace-setters in the Sky Bet Championship this season and Lee Bullen is certainly seeing his stock continue to rise.
This weekend, they take on Millwall as they look to maintain their 100% record in the league and, here, we caught up as usual with Owls fan Louis Shackshaft of the Championship Pod to get his perspective on things…
1. 2 wins from 2 for Wednesday so far, but where do you think the Owls could be even better?
It’s difficult to pick any negatives out of our performances so far, but if I had to choose, I still think our full-backs are prone to the odd mistake. Odubajo was slightly at fault prior to Westwood’s sending off against Reading, he just needed to clear his lines. Having said that, we have Dominic Iorfa back from suspension and the likes of Morgan Fox pushing for starts also. I’m sure this will keep all of them on their toes.
2. We see the first Saturday-Tuesday double of the league campaign in the coming days, are you expecting Lee Bullen to tinker or keep things relatively straight forward?
Definitely straight forward. Consistency is key, I don’t think there is any need to tinker with a side that has won two games on the bounce, quite convincingly. It’s great that we have so much strength and depth with players pushing for first-team places, but like the old saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Unless things go drastically wrong against Millwall, that is. The other players will get their chance when we hit a stumbling block.
3. Jacob Murphy opened his account last weekend, how excited are Owls fans by what they could see from him this year?
He had a great debut. I believe he even scored with his first touch. His attributes are exactly what we’ve missed in our squad for years now. He has pace, can run past defenders, cross a ball and nick the odd goal here and there. Murphy and Harris have already shown their intent going forward from wide areas, it is exciting but we can’t get carried away. Both players need to remain at full fitness for the season and that’s unheard of in a Wednesday side.
4. Millwall up next, what are you expecting there?
It’s never easy travelling to the Den. Millwall have got off to a great unbeaten start also, so both sides will not want to lose this tie. They really could be a dark horse in the division this season, as they were a few years ago. They have got a good team ethic and always play for each other. Having said that, I think that Wednesday have more quality throughout the depth of their squad, obviously I’m hoping that this prevails on Saturday.
5. Score prediction
I don’t see why we can’t keep up the good run of form. 2-1 to Wednesday