Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star keen for away improvement

Sam Hutchinson
Sam Hutchinson

Sam Hutchinson believes Wednesday need to be tougher to break down away from Hillsborough, starting at Blackburn Rovers this evening.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side go to Ewood Park searching for their first victory on the road since April 2. The Owls have failed to pick up maximum points in any of their last nine away matches.

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Hutchinson told The Star: “We have to be a bit more compact and not as open as we are at home.

“Because we do play an expansive game and try to play total football, sometimes you can’t do that away from home and I think that’s what happened at Burton. We were very naive and they counter attacked us well.

“I think we have learned from our mistakes and we will see what happens at Blackburn. We are looking forward to the game.”

Wednesday have so far picked up two points out of a possible 12 on their travels.

“It is very difficult going away from home in the Championship,” stressed Hutchinson. “It is never easy and our track record away from home has not been the best.

“Blackburn have stepped things up after struggling a bit at the beginning of the season. They have picked up a few results and Ewood Park is always a difficult place to go.”

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Hutchinson insists it is only a matter of time before Wednesday break their away duck.

He said: “I think you can look at statistics and things too much. We have dominated games so much and conceded a sloppy goal here or made a mistake there. We have been quite unlucky. Sometimes you don’t get punished as much but we have scored some late goals. It just is what it is.

“We will win away from home. It will come. The performances have been there. We should have beaten Brentford. The only performance that was really disappointing was Burton where we made a couple of changes.”

Lewis McGugan, meanwhile, completed the full 90 minutes as Wednesday’s Under-23s beat Colchester United 2-1 at home yesterday. Matt Penney and George Hirst were on target.

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