SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Beleaguered Owls eager for lucky break

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HOW the tables have turned?

Just over five weeks ago, there was plenty of hope and optimism around Hillsborough, with the newly-promoted Owls having garnered seven points from their opening four Championship outings.

Now, heading into the second international break of the season, the wheels have dramatically come off Sheffield Wednesday’s bandwagon and Dave Jones’s men have fallen from sixth in the rankings to 22nd.

The club boast the second worst defensive record in the division, have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league and are in the relegation zone, three points shy of safety. Injuries have piled up, depriving Jones of several first-team regulars like Anthony Gardner, Reda Johnson and Lewis Buxton. The Owls boss has not had the luxury of fielding a settled back four and has even had to deploy Jermaine Johnson, a winger by trade, as an emergency right-back in recent matches.

Martin Taylor and Jay Bothroyd, signed before the August transfer deadline, have also come in for criticism from the fans, having struggled to settle since moving to South Yorkshire.

Jones has repeatedly chopped and changed his personnel in search of a winning formula but results have not improved. He will be hoping for a change in luck when they entertain Leeds United a week on Friday.