Q&A With Sheffield Wednesday

  • October 13, 2017 | By Gabe John
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Despite finding themselves on their worst losing run since 1903, Bolton still have the quality required to lift themselves away from relegation this season.

Those are the views of Sheffield Wednesday supporter Victoria Wood (@Victoria1867), who spoke to us ahead of the Owls' Sky Bet Championship visit to Macron Stadium on Saturday.

In the following Q&A interview, Victoria shares her views on the Trotters' obvious struggles in the early part of the campaign, the threat of both Gary Hooper and Stephen Fletcher, as well as why former Bolton loanee Barry Bannan is starting to show his true ability.

Q: Before the international break, Sheffield Wednesday were humiliated by rivals Sheffield United and suffered a surprise 1-0 loss against Birmingham City. However, a comfortable 3-0 victory against Leeds United settled any nerves. What are you expecting from the team and management after the break?

A: Derby losses are always heartbreaking, more so when it's an embarrassing scoreline and the team looks like they've never met. Sure we fought back to 2-2, but that loss will always be remembered - although many would wish to forget!

Our city rivals have every right to be smug - they played us off the park. Not forgetting a certain Mr Clarke, who showed exactly what he can do on his day. He reminded a few of his critics quite happily.

That loss, and the post-match reaction, did us no favours when heading to Birmingham, which isn't an easy game anyway. But going in after such heartache was never going to be a walk in the park. I didn't go, but the reports I have heard say that we didn't deserve to lose - but how often can you say that?!

The Leeds game was exactly what we needed - they were awful. Last time they managed to trip each other and tackle each other a lot, but this time a player ended up on a stretcher after his own team mate took him out. A woeful side.

That said, we took our goals very well. I was fuming as I had £1 on a Hooper hat-trick and 4-0.

Q: Barry Bannan had a short loan spell at Bolton a few years ago. He was one of a few loanees that I would have liked back at the club, so how has he fared at Hillsborough?

A: Bannan started his career at Wednesday as a magician. His performances in the season we got to Wembley were paramount to our success. However, Barry seemed to go missing for quite some time, from the minute the team coach pulled onto Wembley Way.

The season that followed didn't see him back to his best at all. We were thrilled when he reappeared at the start of this season and he has played his heart out ever since.

It's nice to have him back. Fans need to remember that he is very much a confidence player and he's got that in buckets at the moment.

Q: Reflecting on Bolton's start the to the campaign, they are bottom of the table with only two points picked up all season. From your perspective, what has gone wrong for Wanderers and do you see any hope for the fans for the future?

A: I think it's a real shame when any club struggles. Obviously, out of the two automatic promoted sides, Bolton is not the team I would have liked to struggle.

That said, you have a good side and I can see you getting out of the danger zone. This league is the most entertaining league and there's a reason for that. We've danced between the top-four and lower-mid table so far. Anything can happen.

Q: Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday have already met this season, in the Carabao Cup, Wanderers ran out 3-2 winners but what went wrong for Wednesday that night and how do you see them going about it differently this time around?

A: Well one thing that did go right was we saw Jordan Rhodes score two goals. The £10m man hasn't had many since he joined, although many fans argue that it's due to the style of play.

There can be no excuses about the amount of changes we made - that team should still be good enough to beat anybody in this league if we want a chance at getting out of it.

It was just a poor show all round, from the team to Carlos Carvalhal channelling his inner Bruce Lee.

Q: If you had to pick the biggest threat for Sheffield Wednesday who would it it be?

A: I just can't get enough of Mr Gary Hooper. He's been prolific this season and really found his mojo. He always looks ready to score and that's thanks, as well, to Stephen Fletcher.

As a duo, they play with a mutual respect for each other. Their style of play suits the team well and it's working so far. Look out, because Fletcher is due a goal!

Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee are a force to be reckoned with, as well. The only person you needn't worry about is Fernando Forestieri although, dare I say it, we've not overly missed him.

Q: Finally, how do you see Saturday's game planning out?

A: We tend to do well after international breaks and may well take advantage of that.

With your league position and presumably low confidence, the Leeds game has given us confidence again too.

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