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Analysing Sheffield Wednesday

THE Owls have fallen just short of reaching the Championship play-offs after a good run of form in 2019.

Position: 9th

Best Day Out: Middlesbrough 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday, 26th December 2018

Adam Reach returned to his old stamping ground at Middlesbrough and scored the only goal of the game as Wednesday posted back to back Championship wins. Reach struck early in the first half to give the Owls a thoroughly deserved three points on Teesside.

One to Forget: Sheffield Wednesday 0-4 Norwich, 3rd November 2018

High-flying Norwich missed an early penalty from which they comfortably recovered to post a 4-0 win over Wednesday at Hillsborough. Triple strikes at the start of the second half did the bulk of the damage as the Canaries showed a ruthless streak in the final third.

Top Goalscorer: Steven Fletcher – The Scottish international has once again reached double figures for the campaign, netting 11 goals this season with eight of them coming this calendar year.

Number of clean-sheets: 14

Points picked up at home: 38 – eight more than QPR

Points picked up on the road: 26 – Unbeaten against both promoted clubs (Norwich, Sheffield United)

Key Player: Barry Bannan – Dictating play from the middle of the park, the left-footed midfielder is a vital component of Steve Bruce’s side.

Emerging young talent: Cameron Dawson – The 23-year-old has had periods of being first choice for Sheffield Wednesday this term and has made 28 appearances.

Previous Result: Preston 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday– 22nd April 2019

Ten-man Wednesday came back from 3-1 down to salvage a point in stunning style at Preston. Jayden Stockley’s strike and a Tom Lees own goal put the hosts in command until Barry Bannan reduced the arrears. With the Owls looking for a leveller, Preston broke and Alan Browne extended the advantage. But a quick-fire brace from Fernando Forestieri and substitute Atdhe Nuhiu turned the tide to give Wednesday a deserved share of the spoils.

Last time out against the R’s: QPR 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday, 23rd October 2018

The Hoops fine form continued with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road. Tomer Hemed’s second goal in two games, a Luke Freeman header and first goal for Nahki Wells secured the R’s all three points against a Sheffield Wednesday side who had previously lost just two of their last 10 games.