The Steve Bruce era at Sheffield Wednesday got underway in decent style last weekend as they beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road.
This weekend, the Owls face Reading at Hillsborough as they look for another win under their new manager.
1. Steve Bruce enjoyed a win in his first game in charge, but how impressed were fans actually with the overall performance?
The overall performance was good, Wednesday on another day would’ve probably ran out 2 or 3 nil winners. Although it’s a difficult game to judge as Ipswich sit bottom of the league, it was the three points that mattered most to get the ball rolling. Let’s see what the next few weeks have to offer.
2. The likes of Dominic Iorfa has said that Bruce convinced him to join – can you see the manager being able to persuade more players to come to the club where they might not have otherwise?
Definitely, Bruce has experience in abundance and with that come the links to key contacts. He is a very prestigious British manager, probably one of the best in the business at this level. Although the Owls have a very tight budget due the Financial Fair Play, Bruce is fully aware of the task in hand and has the final say on transfers which I think is a positive.
3. The Owls face Reading who are fighting for their lives – as Ipswich were – what are you expecting from the Royals?
Reading have picked up of late and will be tough to breakdown, especially after their decent result and clean sheet against Aston Villa. Wednesday need to approach this game like any other, there is no easy game in this division, even against a side at the wrong end of the table. It will be a tough game but there is no reason why we can’t break the Royals down on at least a couple of occasions.
4. Lucas Joao came on and scored last weekend – praising Bruce in the process – could we at last see him find some real consistency?
I hope so. Joao has all the traits to become a twenty-goal a season striker, he just needs to convince Bruce he is a trusted squad member worthy of a consistent place in the starting eleven. Game time is key for Lucas, he still has a few weaknesses that he needs to work on but otherwise he should bode well for the future during Bruce’s reign.
5. Score prediction
This is a game Wednesday should be winning on paper and based on the current league standings. The Owls should also receive a boost as this will be Bruce’s first game in charge on home soil. Despite Reading’s half decent run of form I expect a home win here. 2-1.