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OPPOSITION VIEW: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

23 October 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Nickname: The Owls
Manager: Stuart Gray
2013-14: 16th
Ground: Hillsborough
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 154 miles (3 hours 15 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Following a promising start to the season, Sheffield Wednesday’s form has tailed off after they were beaten 7-0 by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup last month.

An impressive 1-0 win at Brighton on the opening day was the start of a six match undefeated run in all competitions that was only ended when they lost narrowly to high-flying Nottingham Forest at the end of August.

Further league victories over Birmingham City and Reading kept Stuart Gray’s side pushing towards the sharp end of the table but since their heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium, they have slipped down to 13th place in the division.


Tuesday’s 0-0 stalemate at Brentford made it five without sampling triumph, and their last outing at Hillsborough ending in a 3-0 reverse against Watford.

After nine campaigns in England’s top flight in the 1990s, 2014-15 represents the Owls 15th consecutive season in the Football League, with the last three coming in the Championship.

Four Division One titles and three FA Cups justify the South Yorkshire club’s reputation as one of the sleeping giants in the league.

They have a fine recent record over the Canaries too, winning the last eight clashes between the two clubs, including the most recent meeting 1-0 at Carrow Road over five years ago.


THE BOSS
Stuart Gray replaced Dave Jones as manager on a permanent basis in January this year and has reinvigorated Sheffield Wednesday.

After his initial appointment on a temporary basis the previous December, Gray led the Owls on a run of 11 games without defeat in all competitions over the winter.

They eventually finished 16th, the 54-year-old overseeing a mixed start to this term after recruiting eight players during the summer transfer window.

 

Gray was part of Jones’ coaching staff at Hillsborough having served Portsmouth, Burnley, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Southampton in similar roles.

It was at the latter that he was offered his first managerial job in 2001 but he only lasted three months in the post and was replaced by Gordon Strachan. His only other time in the hotseat came at Northampton Town between 2007 and 2009.

As a left-sided midfielder, Gray played over 100 league games for both Barnsley and Aston Villa on top of other spells at Nottingham Forest, Bolton Wanderers and Southampton.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Keiran Westwood, Joe Wildsmith, Chris Kirkland.

Defenders
: Lewis Buxton, Joe Mattock, Sam Hutchinson, Glenn Loovens (c), Tom Lees, Kamil Zayatte, Rafael Floro, Matt Young, Claude Dielna, Dejan Kelhar.

Midfielders
: Jose Semedo, Liam Palmer, Royston Drenthe, Giles Coke, Rhys McCabe, Jeremy Helan, Jacques Maghoma, Kieran Lee, Paul Corry.

Forwards
: Stevie May, Atdhe Nuhiu, Chris Maguire, Caolan Lavery, Gary Madine, Hallam Hope, Franck Betra.

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