Q&A With Sheffield Wednesday

  • January 16, 2015 | By David Williams
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Ahead of the 116th meeting between Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton, we have got the views of an Owls supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Leeds United last Saturday, while Wednesday were 2-0 winners at Nottingham Forest on the same afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Tom Sanderson - a Sheffield Wednesday supporter who lists Chris Waddle as his all-time favourite player, in part because of his goalscoring exploits in their 1993 FA Cup semi-final victory against Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium.

Ahead of Saturday's game, Tom shares his views on the prospect of Thai owners at Hillsborough, the management of former Wanderers player Stuart Gray, as well as why Neil Lennon is a scarier opponent than any of Bolton's players.

Q: After many years in the wilderness, do you think this is the year Wednesday go back to the Premier League?

A: We've had a good season but I don't think we're quite there yet.

There's definitely been progress under Stuart Gray, but we are still two or three players short of a promotion challenging squad.

If we can start scoring more often then we might have a chance at the play-offs.

Q: What has Stuart Gray done to transform the futunes at Hillsborough?

A: Defensively we've been excellent. Only Middlesborough have conceded fewer goals than us this season, so far. A big part of that has been down to Keiren Westwood, who has been in awesome form.

Gray has got the players working hard and well organised. After recently watching the Owls give Man City a run for their money in the cup, it's clear that the team are a happy bunch of players and that's got to be down to the manager.

Q: There has been talk of a Thai takeover at Wednesday, similar to the rumours at Bolton. What's your opinion on this?

A: Like most clubs, Wednesday are looking for that billionaire to take them to the top of the Premier League but, at the moment, we seem to have some stability. I know Milan Mandaric wants to sell, but hopefully not to an investor who may end up, in the long run, taking that stability away.

We don't want to end up where we were a few years ago. Mandaric is being patient and careful. That would seem to be the case, anyway, from the falling through of the last takeover bid by the Azerbaijan tycoon.

The trouble is that, as a fan, you never really know what's going on in the background. It's true the club is losing money each year and we need some investment, but I'm pretty happy with how things are at the moment unless somebody with some serious proven financial backing can come in.

Q: Who has been the player to watch at Wednesday so far this season and why?

A: Well I'm pretty sure our Player of the Season so far has been Keiren Westwood. He's been the main reason why we've conceded so few goals.

He's a Premier League standard goalkeeper and unlucky not to be Sunderland's number one, having missed out through injury last season and the fine form of Vito Mannone. I've even heard Liverpool have been sniffing around for him.

Kieran Lee looks like a solid player and needs a good run in the squad, and Stevie May is yet to make his mark fully. Wednesday's successes this season has been due to the team and certainly no player stands out that far from the rest.

Q: Which Bolton player do you believe is going to cause Wednesday problems and why?

A: There aren't any players that Bolton can field that we would be afraid of. We're Wednesday after all.

However, the person to be worried about when facing Bolton is the new manager - it's clear he is a top manager and can get the team behind him and therefore I don't think any teams will be expecting an easy ride at Bolton at the back end of this season.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction?

A: Bolton 0 Wednesday 7 - Seriously!

Burnden Aces would like to thank Tom for taking the time to answer our questions.

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