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Ask the Expert: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

5 December 2020

Sheffield Wednesday are starting to climb the table following Tony Pulis' appointment as manager, with just one defeat from their last six games.

We spoke to the Sheffield Star’s Alex Miller, ahead of the club's 1-1 draw against Reading in midweek, about how Wednesday are doing under their new boss and if we are likely to see former Canary Jordan Rhodes in the starting line-up today. Tony Pulis has recently taken over as manager of Sheffield Wednesday. What have you seen from his first three games in charge that differ from the way the side played under Garry Monk?

AM: It's very early days under Pulis, but we’ve seen three matches now and what is clear is that he is very keen to build from the back. Wednesday lost too many games to fragile defensive errors under Monk, who preferred three at the back with wing-backs.

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Pulis has set Wednesday up deep to play on the counter with a lone front man. It's a solid, pragmatic start that has seen them earn two draws from his three matches so far. Garry Monk claimed to have been meeting the club’s targets when he was sacked. Were you surprised by his dismissal or did results towards the end of last season prove to be his undoing as well?

AM: I'm not sure he was claiming he was meeting the club’s targets so much as he was meeting the minimum expectation set by the team, and even that was helped along by the fact their 12-point deduction was halved in October. Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri told us just days before Monk's sacking that he still saw play-off qualification as a reasonable target. Monk's line was that survival was the primary thing. So the sacking wasn't a surprise so much as the timing. Wednesday had been in freefall since sitting third last Christmas, but they had just beaten Bournemouth and drawn to Millwall after losing to Luton, Rotherham and Wycombe within a few days. Many expected him to get the bullet a week earlier. Sheffield Wednesday started off the season with a 12-point deduction, halved to six. How has that affected the club’s aims this season? Are they still confident of challenging for the top seven come the end of the season?

AM: With the transition the squad has undertaken in recent months, few would argue that the retaining of Championship status should be priority number one. Pulis has never been relegated as a manager and brings with him huge experience of building teams that are hard to beat, which is pleasing for Wednesday fans that have twice seen their team lose 5-0 in recent months.


The new boss promised Chansiri honesty after his appointment. The chairman claimed that each of the four previous managers he has appointed has promised a promotion push, and the line he has used is to 'steer the club back into the right direction'. Sheffield Wednesday are the second lowest scorers in the division. What do think the reasons are behind that this season and how the club looking to correct that problem?

AM: Wednesday have struggled to score goals since Steven Fletcher was injured back at the start of January. The Scot was at the centre of everything for Monk's Owls and without him they struggled to adapt, something they have continued into this season after he left on a free transfer to Stoke. Josh Windass is back for this afternoon’s game but he has missed the last three having been sent off 17 minutes into Pulis' first match. On-loan Derby man Jack Marriott is out with a long-term injury and Jordan Rhodes is a long way from his former self. Coupled with an inability to create enough clear-cut chances, it's been a difficult start to the season in front of goal for Wednesday. Barry Bannan is a classy midfielder in the Sheffield Wednesday side. Lots of teams look to stop him dictating the play and getting on the ball. Is that a good way to nullify the threat of Sheffield Wednesday?

AM: This is an interesting one. Under Pulis, Bannan has been moved further up the field in an attempt to create more. It's been widely argued he's been sat too deep in recent seasons.


Aside from Matheus Pereira, he created more chances than any other Championship player last season. He'’ the main man in the team without any shadow of a doubt and teams have continued to look to stamp him out. We have seen a number of sides come to Carrow Road this season and sit in and defend. Are we likely to see a similar approach from Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday?

AM: I'd say so. Pulis has been very pragmatic in his approach so far and there's no suggestion he'll change that against one of the top teams in the division. In Adam Reach and Kadeem Harris they have pace out wide, which they will look to exploit by hitting Norwich on the break. Alongside Bannan, Massimo Luongo is perhaps Wednesday’s most important player. He's a holding midfielder of huge quality that plays such an important role in the side.

set pieces.JPG How much of a threat are Sheffield Wednesday from set pieces?

AM: Reach’s goal at Swansea was a replica of a move Pulis used to employ at Stoke and suggests set pieces are something the Owls are working hard on during the week. At full strength they have a really impressive roll-call of aerial threats, though that has been depleted by injuries. Callum Paterson is a powerful unit, as are Julian Borner, Tom Lees and Joost van Aken. I’d expect to see a big focus put on set pieces as a source of goals ahead of January. Jordan Rhodes is a player Norwich City fans know well. How is he doing at Sheffield Wednesday this season and is he likely to play on Saturday?

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AM: It's a topical question. Rhodes was brought on at half-time in the 0-0 bore draw at home to Stoke last weekend, before he himself was hooked as Wednesday went in search of a winner. It was a big blow to the striker, who was clearly distraught and had been left hugely frustrated by Monk's 14-month reign. A classy first-half hat-trick at Forest last year and this season's opening day strike at Cardiff are the only goals he has scored since returning from Norwich in the summer of 2019.

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Match Reports

Martin and Aarons strike late as City come from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday

5 December 2020

Josh Martin and Max Aarons struck late goals as Norwich City came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, in front of 2,000 spectators at Carrow Road.

City enjoyed plenty of territory and possession but found it difficult to break a resolutely Owls' side down for the majority of the game.

Instead, it was the visitors to took the lead on the hour mark when Josh Windass headed home a Adam Reach cross.

However, with City looking short of ideas for a route back into the match, Martin came off the bench to prod the ball home for the equaliser on 81 minutes.

Moments later, Aarons netted his first of the season as City completed an incredible revival to take all three points.

Daniel Farke made two changes to the side beaten at Luton Town on Wednesday night with Teemu Pukki, returning from injury, and Mario Vrancic coming into the eleven to replace Josh Martin and Alex Tettey who both dropped to the bench.

The first-half was largely uneventful, with City dominating the ball but finding their opponents difficult to break down. Their best chance came within four minutes of the first whistle - Emi Buendia fizzed a low ball to Jacob Sorensen in space on the left side of the penalty area. He struck straight at Owls goalkeeper Joseph Wildsmith who fumbled but Pukki's ball back into danger was booted clear.

Wednesday's threat early doors was restricted to set pieces and they went close to opening the scoring on nine minutes - Julian Borner flicked a Barry Bannan corner on at the near post and, luckily for the Canaries, Marco Stiepermann was there to head the ball off the line.

On 23 minutes, Pukki curled an effort straight at Wildsmith from distance before, at the other end, Bannan volleyed straight at McGovern - a goal before half-time was looking unlikely.

Tom Lees struck from distance on 38 minutes but his effort was always bending away from goal before City were awarded a free-kick in typical Vrancic territory four minutes later. The Bosnian playmaker, who scored from a similar position the last time the two sides met back in April 2019, curled just over the crossbar with his left foot on this occasion.

The pattern resumed early in the second-half - plenty of City possession but no real threat on the visiting goal.

Wednesday took one of their rare opportunities on the hour mark. A pinpoint Adam Reach delivered was on a plate for Windass who guided a header home from close range, to give them the lead.

City struggled even more from then on, as Wednesday retreated even further - the substitution of Windass for Liam Palmer outlining that on 66 minutes.

They were a threat on the counter, too, as City threw extra men forward. Kadeem Harris twice had penalty appeals waved away before substitute Joey Pelupessy shot straight at McGovern when he should have done better.

Farke brought Martin on with just over ten minutes to play and the change had an instant effect. Vrancic slid a delightful pass in behind the Wednesday defence and Martin was there to poke the ball beyond Wildsmith to get City back into the game.

Vrancic was the architect once again moments later, feeding Aarons in the area to fire the ball into the far corner, completing a remarkable turnaround from the home side.

The closing stages weren't without drama, as Paterson guided a header wide in stoppage time and City went close to adding to their lead, with Pukki and Buendia firing just wide.

But City held on to three points and a return to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.

Norwich City: McGovern (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Vrancic (Omotoye, 90+4), Placheta (Tettey, 88), Buendia, Stiepermann (Martin, 78), Sorensen, Skipp, Pukki, Gibson
Subs not used: Barden (GK), Zimmermann, McAlear, Omobamidele, Dickson-Peters
Goals: Martin (81), Aarons (84)
Bookings: Skipp (78)
Red cards: None

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith (GK), Van Aken, Paterson, Harris, Bannan (c), Reach, Borner, Lees, Windass (Palmer, 66), Odubajo, Iorfa (Pelupessy, 53)
Subs not used: Dawson (GK), Penney, Dele-Bashiru, Rhodes, Brown, Hunt, Kachunga
Goals: Windass (60)
Bookings: Odubajo (22), Borner (70)
Red cards: None

HT: 0-0
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Jarred Gilbert

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