The games do not get any easier for Sheffield Wednesday in their battle against potential relegation, as they welcome league leaders Norwich City to Hillsborough this afternoon.
Darren Moore has endured a tough start to life at the Owls since he swapped Doncaster Rovers for the blue and white of Wednesday, with his first two games amounting to two losses.
The first one was more of a blow than the most recent 3-0 defeat to Reading, as it came against drop zone and local rivals Rotherham United.
Once today’s game has been contested, Wednesday will have played three games more than the Millers who are directly above them in 22nd, with COVID-19 issues forcing Paul Warne’s men into having a hectic fixture schedule following the final international break of the season.
That may play into Wednesday’s favour but they need a win here – although that will be a very difficult task considering their opponents are going for an eighth-straight league victory.
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An enforced change was already needed due to the suspension of Julian Borner, but Moore has gone further than that, with Celtic-bound Liam Shaw and striker Callum Paterson also missing out, along with goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.
The four names that have come into the side are Joey Pelupessy, Adam Reach, Jordan Rhodes and Keiren Westwood who has recovered from injury.
The formation of the team is unclear but on first glance it doesn’t appear that Moore has gone for his trusty 4-2-3-1 formation that he rarely switched from during his time at Doncaster – nevertheless there has been a mixed response on social media to the line-up.
No paterson and pelupessy playing , cmon Moore😂😂
— Luke Pearson (@Lukepeo1886) March 14, 2021
Some shockers in that team.
— Paul (@LifeIsPeachy82) March 14, 2021
Start Windass & Rhodes because they have been such a fantastic success? Would have preferred Jack Marriot over both.
— Chris (@gloom_harry) March 14, 2021
Pelupessy starting over hutchinson in midfield, correct decision 👍
— Joe 🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@JT_SWFC) March 14, 2021
How does Pelupessy make it into the reserves never mind the first team
— Jack Turner (@Jack123Turner) March 14, 2021
Cant really argue with the line up. Tough afternoon ahead regardless.
— ⒶⒶ 🦉 (@ANDYOWL82) March 14, 2021
Westwood! Clean sheet incoming 😍
— Tom Mansell (@tom_mansell) March 14, 2021
Westwood is going to be a busy man.
— variank (@variank_twitch) March 14, 2021
Actually a decent lineup
— Nathan (@nathan_swfc97) March 14, 2021
best lineup so far this season https://t.co/CLcGBsHRdZ
— josh pars (@joshpars_) March 14, 2021