Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Lee Bullen has warned his side to be ready for a “fight” as they seek to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat against Brentford when they host Burton Albion on Monday, according to the club’s official website.
Wednesday fell to a 2-0 defeat at Griffin Park in the late kick of on 30 December, with Lasse Vibe and Florian Josefzoon’s goals enough to secure a win over an Owls side who only had one shot on target in the match.
Their misery was compounded when former manager Carlos Carvalhal secured a dramatic late win against Watford in his first game in charge of Premier League Swansea City following his acrimonious and protracted departure from Hillsborough.
Yet Bullen has told his players they must be ready for a tough game against Nigel Clough’s Burton, with whom they have drawn 1-1 with in their last two meetings.
He said: “It will be a heck of a fight. Burton are fighting for their lives. The game at Hillsborough last year was frustrating and hard-fought but we have to handle that and stand up to be counted.
“We know what to expect from Burton and we have to adapt and deal with that and find a way to win the game. We have to get the fans behind us. We need them to be patient and encouraging the boys on.”
Bullen would be going one better than Carvalhal managed if he is able to engineer a victory over Clough’s Burton.
However, the Brewers are an awful side to be facing for a side low on confidence, as they will sit deep, fight for everything and create nervousness among fans and players alike.
An early goal would be key, but Bullen – knowing he is a stopgap while the Sheffield Wednesday hierarchy chase bigger names – is unlikely to be able to get his players faith and inspire them to fly out of the blocks.
Wednesday fans – what do you think? What is the key to victory against Burton? Let us know below…
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