To say things haven’t been going well for Sheffield Wednesday is something of an understatement.
Since a 1-0 win over Bristol City on the 22nd December saw the Owls climb to third in the Championship table, Garry Monk’s side have won just one of their nine league games, a run which has seen them drop to 12th in the second-tier standings, nine points adrift of the play-off places.
Indeed, even games against those struggling at the wrong end of the table have not been able to turn things back in the Owls’ favour.
Three of Wednesday’s last four games have seen them come face to face with one of the sides currently in the relegation – Wigan, Barnsley and Luton – with the Owls taking just one point from those matches, with frustration seeming to boil over following their midweek defeat to the Hatters.
In the aftermath of a 1-0 loss to Luton at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday night, chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” could be heard from the visiting Owls fans.
Next up for Monk’s beleaguered side is the visit of Reading to Hillsborough on Saturday, but with tension rising and results failing to improve, how many – and indeed which – of those players who featured against Luton should retain their places for the weekend?
We put that question to a number of the club’s fans on the Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Facebook Group, and here, is a look at what some of them had to say.
Richard Beech: “You could change them all but I imagine he’ll make about 3/4 changes.”
Rob Wade: “Does it make any difference? We haven’t got any better players to replace them with. Could change all 11 and we’d still be left with the same crop of mediocre players.”
Maurice Finney: “Wonder if he will change goalkeeper…”
Craig Merrill: “He has been that unpredictable with decision making recently we could have Rhodes and Winnall at centre half.”
Daniel Wrightson: “That’s probably better than Rhodes as a striker.”
Mark Groom: “Try the young ones.”
Si Dennis: “Put Westwood in and we win for me. Made some errors this season but he gets clean sheets and gives everyone around him extra confidence. Defenders look terrified at the minute.”
John Ellison: “It’s very difficult to pick a midfield that can stand up in this league, best I can come up with: