Sheffield Wednesday need a reaction against Norwich City, says Jon Newsome
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Sheffield Wednesday need a reaction against Norwich City when the play-off hopefuls clash on Saturday, according to former Canaries' defender Jon Newsome.
Defeats for Carlos Carvalhal's men against Brentford and Leeds United has left the door to the top six slightly ajar for Norwich.
However, Newsome, who spent the majority of his career at Hillsborough, believes the Owls will be stinging from recent criticism and will see off Alex Neil's men.
'There's three points to play for and it's going to be a big game but I've got to go for a home win,' Newsome told the Pink Un show on Mustard TV. 'There's been a bit of flak flying around (for Wednesday) and they are coming off the back of a defeat so I'm expecting a bit of a reaction from them. I'm expecting Sheffield Wednesday to push on and get a play-off spot. They came so close last season and the club and the chairman are desperate for it.'
Newsome, who was the Canaries' first ever £1m signing in 1994, admits to being frustrated by Wednesday's performances this season.
Despite being well placed to secure a play-off place, Newsome feels Carvalhal's tactics haven't always allowed Wednesday to flourish.
The Owls have a wealth of strikers at their disposal but they haven't been as prolific as they should, argues Newsome.
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'We've got a fabulous squad and some excellent footballers,' he added. 'When we (Wednesday) play with a high tempo we look a very good team but the frustrating part for me is that for large parts of games we play with little tempo. We are quite slow and lethargic and at times we've struggled to break teams down this season.'
The Owls have arguably got the most fearsome set of strikers in the division. The likes of Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall, Gary Hooper and January signing Jordan Rhodes are the envy of many teams in the division.
However, Newsome, who made 62 appearances for the Canaries, believes it is other areas of the side that are undermining Wednesday's promotion ambitions. 'They've (Wednesday) got an abundance of strikers but they are only as good as the service they receive.'