Wednesday fans share the frustration of blank days

PUBLISHED: 10:17 08 December 2017

Owls dangerman Barry Bannan up against City's Wes Hoolahan when the teams met at Hillsborough last season. 
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Owls dangerman Barry Bannan up against City's Wes Hoolahan when the teams met at Hillsborough last season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Sheffield Wednesday fan JEREMY THEAKER takes a look at Saturday evening’s clash at Carrow Road

Q 12th in the table – are you as disappointed as Norwich fans at the moment?

A Yes, very – although not entirely surprised. We do have some very good players at the club and a wealth of attacking talent (Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes) but we are currently playing a very negative brand of football, looking to not lose matches, but at the same time not doing enough to win them, hence the reason we have drawn a lot of games this season. This is why it hasn’t come as a complete surprise that we have fallen off the play-off pace this season although I do feel that with the players we have, we really should be higher in the league.

Q How frustrating is Wednesday’s inconsistency (apart from four draws in a row)?

A Extremely frustrating. We show in flashes what we are capable of, like the wins at home to Leeds and away win at Villa, but then whenever we take a step forward, we seem to follow it up with a step backwards. Since what was an impressive display at Villa we haven’t won a match and managed only five shots on target throughout the month of November.

Q Gary Hooper bagged a couple last weekend – is he a fan favourite… and could he do some damage this evening?

A At the moment Gary Hooper is the first name on the team sheet; the fact he’s scored so many goals in a side that hasn’t been very creative this season is testament to his finishing ability. He does seem to be coming back into form again after a slightly lean spell of a few games and I think this is down to him being linked up once again with Fletcher up front, who really does seem to have an understanding with Hooper in attack.

Q Your manager doesn’t get on with referees it seems – do fans like his passion or does it cause problems for the team?

A Although I do think we have been on the wrong end of a few questionable decisions this season, I’m a firm believer in these things evening themselves out over the season and the fans I speak with are starting to get a little fed-up with Carlos constantly blaming referees for our own recent flat performances.

Q After the play-offs last season, did you expect to be higher up the table by now?

A As mentioned previously, with the players we have and the investment the chairman has made into the side, I don’t think it would be unreasonable to expect us to be challenging for a top-six spot, but looking at the way we play the game and the negative tactics that we employ, it doesn’t surprise me that we haven’t kicked on as many would perhaps expect.

Q And what about Norwich – did you expect more from them?

A Yes, I have to admit I did. With Norwich being a big club with a good fan base you always expect them to be up there, but added to that the fact that they also still have parachute payments I thought they’d be doing better than they are right now. I think last season was a bit of a transitional one after relegation from the Premier League (something that happens to many clubs) but this year I did earmark Norwich as a top-six side.

Q Hooper we know about – who else should City be wary of on Saturday?

A Barry Bannan. Everything good that we do comes through Bannan in the middle of the park. Behind Hooper he has been our standout performer this season and when he’s on form he’s one of the top central midfielders in the Championship.

Q And a prediction please!

A I’ll go with 1-1 and our run of draws continuing. All the best for the rest of the season.

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