Preview

Two defeats on the bounce heading into the international break may have burst Town's bubble, yet neither defeat felt as down heartening as other defeats earlier in the season or in 2014.

Against Derby we put up a very good fight and on another day may have taken a point, whilst against Fulham Harry Bunn should've had a penalty and the same player missed a one on one. Couple that with two individual mistakes from the usual reliable Mark Hudson and a rare Alex Smithies error and we're staring down on a 3-1 defeat.

The international break has allowed the squad to freshen up and as Chris Powell learns more about his squad he is willing to let those who aren't in his current or long term plans leave the club on loan. Martin Paterson has joined Fleetwood until January and Matt Crooks has joined Accrington, only days after returning from a loan spell at Hartlepool.

Competition for places is certainly increasing as absentees such as Joe Lolley and Adam Hammill return to full fitness. Although some aren't enjoying having to sit out as Anthony Gerrard showed when he let out his frustrations on Twitter. On a positive note at least he wants to play and isn't willing to just accept his wage and play in the development squad.

Six goals conceded in the last two games is a major worry though for Town. Mind you tomorrow's opposition Sheffield Wednesday are on a lean run with only four games in their last ten games and no wins in the process. Their last victory coming against Reading in September.

Lewis McGugan has signed on loan for the Owls from Watford to provide competition and a creative spark. He always seems to play well against Town!


Likely line-up

It's hard to see past a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 for the visit of the Owls. The only question will be how open does Powell want Town to play following two defeats and after shipping six goals.

West Ham loanee Deigo Poyet is in line to make his debut should Powell play three in the centre of midfield but it would be hard to leave out Nahki Wells once again, especially at home.

It will be interesting to see if any of the returning trio of Hammill, Lolley or James Vaughan will be involved. Vaughan is yet to get any action for the development squad so would be a huge outsider to return.


Prediction

Town 1-1 Sheff Weds

It's hard to see either team being free-scoring given recent results and also given the recent history between the two sides. Keiren Westwood, who prior to his move to Wednesday was courted by Man City, has also been in terrific form and will be a hard man to beat.


KNOW YOUR ENEMY

If you didn't know already, throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday we spoke to the award winning blogger Laura Jones to get the low down on the opposition.

Here's what she had to say to our questions...


TC:  Wednesday haven't won in two months and in those ten games have only scored four goals. What's gone wrong after a terrific start to the season?

LJ: Simple fact is our start to the season wasn’t a true reflection of the squad. We’re probably about where we should be. We’ve had injuries to our midfielders such as Sam Hutchinson who started the season well which hasn’t helped.

TC:  How much pressure is Stuart Gray under?

LJ: Because of our financial situation I think Stuart Gray has one of the safest jobs in the league. He’s the right man for right now so I don't think he's going anywhere.

TC:  This week has seen the Owls bring in Lewis McGugan from Watford. Is he what the side needs?

LJ: Absolutely. We’re desperate for creativity in the team. McGugan wouldn’t be out on loan if he was a consistently good performer but after months of no creativity at all, whatever flashes he can bring would be welcome.

TC: Is the squad that Gray has assembled good enough to maintain their Championship status?

LJ: I think it’s a mid to low Championship level squad. Maybe with some exciting loans we could go higher but it would be nice to start bringing some of the development squad players through after a lot of investment.

TC: Have the club seen any benefit of the summer takeover?

LJ: The takeover didn’t happen. Mr Mammadov, the potential new owner, promised more than he could deliver and Milan Mandaric severed ties with the deal last month. We’re still on the look out for new investment.


TC: Which Wednesday player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

LJ: Creatively we’re a bit stunted unless McGugan gets off to a flyer, Huddersfield’s challenge will be to score against us. We have a very solid defence with players such as Tom Lees in the centre. Your biggest challenge will be to score against a resurgent Kieren Westwood who has been sublime in goal all season.


TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Wednesday fans should worry about?

LJ: Your midfield will be key to winning this game against us. Sean Scannell could cause us a scare down the wing if he’s on form.

TC: What is your prediction for Saturday?

LJ: Away at Huddersfield has been a happy hunting ground for us in the recent past. Wednesday need a win after multiple 0-0 draws. I think it will be tight. 0-1 to the Owls.

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