Sheffield Wednesday: Owls players spurred on by competition

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan

Competition for places is pushing Sheffield Wednesday’s squad to their maximum, according to midfielder Barry Bannan.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal continued his squad-rotation policy in Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Brentford, making nine changes, with only Tom Lees and Marco Matias keeping their starting spots.

Speaking on Football League tonight, Bannan, one of the multiple alterations, said: “We have got a great squad. We rested nine players against Newcastle.

“The nine players who came in were brilliant so it shows that we have got top, top players and that we are all fighting for our positions and it’s keeping everyone on their toes.

“That (competition) is a good thing to have as you know if you don’t do well you are going to be out of the team the following week because you have got somebody champing at the bit to get in.”

The former Aston Villa player claimed James Tarkowski’s first-half dismissal adversely affected Wednesday.

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“We had a game plan in the first half and we stuck to it and did really well,” he said. “The sending-off changed the game.

“We thought it would be in our favour but it worked in theirs.

“Fair play to them as they came at us, but we got lucky and got the three points so that’s all that matters.”