Dom Howson column: Carvalhal’s men had better start enjoying their screen tests

Wednesday's record in front of the TV cameras is not great
Wednesday's record in front of the TV cameras is not great
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Lights, camera, action!

Three of Wednesday’s next four fixtures will be screened live on Sky Sports, giving them the perfect opportunity to turnaround their lousy recent TV record.

Since gaining promotion to the Championship, Wednesday have under-performed in front of the cameras. By my calculations, they have been selected for TV coverage 16 times since August 2012, recording only four wins.

One of their successes memorably came against Leeds United under Stuart Gray’s tutelage when they trounced their Yorkshire rivals 6-0 at Hillsborough.

I know it really winds Football League fans up how much airtime Leeds are afforded. No team outside the top-flight has been on telly more than the Whites over the last six years. It must be great if you are an armchair follower.

Is it right clubs such as Leeds, Newcastle United, Leicester City and West Ham United have been selected so much over the years? Absolutely not.

And by the halfway point of this season, Leeds will have had nine televised matches. Sky Sports’ Football League producers’ just can’t get enough of them and will continue to overlook other clubs in favour of the Elland Road outfit as they attract big audience figures.

Five of the Owls’ 16 TV dates have, surprise surprise, been against Leeds. They have also played Barnsley, Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest two times apiece.

In the space of 10 days, Wednesday have a chance to demonstrate to the nation that they are a much improved side and are slowly going from pretenders to contenders.

Tomorrow’s lunch-time showdown with Hull City will be a great indicator of how much the Owls have progressed since Carlos Carvalhal’s appointment. Can they go toe-to-toe with one of the divisions big boys? Do they have the quality in the final third to trouble Steve Bruce’s side?

In a week’s time, a trip to Rotherham United, under new management, awaits. Sandwiched in between Rotherham and Hull is a clash against top-six aspirants Queens Park Rangers. This run of matches will severely test Carvalhal’s multi-cultural squad.

The much anticipated Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Premier League giants Arsenal is sure to be a special night under the lights at Hillsborough, rounding off a busy schedule.

It was also confirmed over the international break that two of Wednesday’s December fixtures; Derby County and Middlesbrough, have also been chosen for live TV coverage. That clearly shows the Owls are heading in the right direction so it is important they start to cope with the increased national exposure they are receiving.