What a difference one game makes; after a less than impressive loss against Brentford, Wednesday responded to critics, including myself, in the best way.
A strong 2-1 win against Millwall surprised many, with Forestieri starting the game on the bench (presumably for fitness reasons) and two full-debuts for Matt Penney and Fraser Preston, there was a great deal of pessimism.
The team showed what we simply didn’t see in the previous game, a desire to win every ball and every player seemed to have a dedicated role and position within the side. Players like Matias and Pelupessy were entirely different and vastly improved, Penney and Preston didn’t look out of place, and Bannan just continued excelling, scoring a screamer within the first 20 minutes.
I think the only area that let us down were the few defensive errors we made, particularly Tom Lees’ failure to deal with a Millwall long ball, leading to a goal.
The Owls’ next opposition, Ipswich, have yet to win a game this season but held their own against Aston Villa and were arguably unlucky against Derby.
Under a new manager, Wednesdayite Paul Hurst, they have brought in a lot of players but lost a clinical finisher in Martyn Waghorn to Derby.
With so many new faces, it will take time for their side to gel and this may give Wednesday the edge in Saturday’s fixture.
It’s uncertain whether Pudil and Van Aken will be fit enough for this weekend, and Joao seems very unlikely. However, with the performance against Millwall it’s fair to expect a relatively unchanged line-up.
Palmer, Lees, Thorniley, Penney
Forestieri, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach
The formation this season has been pretty unpredictable this season, so I just put 4-4-2 for my own amusement.
Though I personally prefer Baker as the right-back, Palmer had a decent game against Millwall and I don’t see much point in changing the team.
Only one change is obvious and that would be to have Forestieri to be playing from the first whistle. Preston had an excellent debut but he is certainly not at the level to displace Forestieri just yet, and Fernando’s lack of predictability will definitely prove useful against an underperforming Ipswich. That’s if he is a lot more involved than he was against Brentford.
Generally, there’s not much more to say, we are desperate for consistency and Jos still needs to find his best team, so why change a winning team? It’s hard not to be positive, as long as we don’t see a repeat of the defensive errors that have been a frequent feature at the beginning of this season.
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