Sheffield Wednesday: Owls set for huge game says rival

Misery for Birmingham's Lee Clark on the touchline at Turf Moor
Misery for Birmingham's Lee Clark on the touchline at Turf Moor

Judged on the general reaction in the aftermath of last Saturday’s game, there didn’t seem too many positives for Sheffield Wednesday followers to cling to.

If you were looking for one then you might unearth the stat that they are unbeaten in their last four. Forget, of course, the fact they haven’t won yet - better times have to start somewhere!

Usually, there is always someone worse off and Wednesday fans, preparing for Saturday’s trip to St.Andrews, might just be considering the current plight of the next club on their list, Birmingham City.

Not only are the clubs locked together fourth and fifth from bottom but also each are currently wallowing in what seems to have been accepted inside and outside the respective clubs as the poorest performance so far.

Wednesday’s dismal showing in not only failing to overcome Yeovil’s 10 men but also being second best for long stretches, has been chewed over and spat out.

Birmingham fans are still suffering the immediate pain over their worst, an apparent rock-bottom show at Turf Moor on Tuesday and a 3-0 beating by Burnley.

So, the background to Saturday’s encounter is that the Owls and the Blues go head-to-head each coming off the back of their poorest showing so far!

“Far and away our most disappointing performance of the season,” was the verdict of Birmingham manager Lee Clark.

“I take full responsibility, I am the leader of the group and we got what we deserved.

“I’ve no complaints, we were second best all over the pitch.”

Wednesday will have noted the performance and those comments and also Clark’s follow up comments.

“We’ve got a huge game on Saturday and I’ve to make sure the players are lifted. It’s a home game and needs to be won.”

Owls boss Dave Jones, acknowledging his players seem more comnfortable away from home, may sense that here is a situation they can take advantage of. The Birmingham fans are said to be disgruntled and with the possibility that the pressure of ‘needing’ a win could weigh heavily on the home team, Wednesday may feel they can go there and add to that pressure.

Jones will be pondering the inclusion of defender Roger Johnson against one of his former clubs. Johnson played in a closed-doors friendly - as did Lewis Buxton and Seyi Olofinjana - against Rotherham United and looks sure to figure in Jones’s plans in some respect.