Owls must show Steel

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Halloween’s next up, then Bonfire Night and Christmas Day. Or do we have to wait for the New Year of 2014 for either Sheffield club to win a game of football?

If you consider that the Steel City’s solitary victory (the Blades’ over Notts County) occurred on August 2nd, a day ahead of the big kick-off, then the season proper has been a total write-off and it’s Autumn.

Sheffield Wednesday’s next opportunities are big pressure games at the foot of the Championship, in which they are now the only team without a victory. First a trip to Bolton and then the derby at currently bottom Barnsley.

It was at Oakwell in the middle of last season that boss Dave Jones, below, scraped a win to save his job and I don’t rule out a similar scenario barring at least another improved display at Bolton (preferably a breaking of the duck).

Some good watchers tell me the Owls went too long again in parading a more attacking 4-4-2 (my preference certainly) in the draw with Ipswich. The balance is close to being right but still proving elusive.