Sheffield Wednesday face in-form Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough this weekend, hoping to build on an encouraging performance against league leaders Leicester City in midweek.
Danny Rohl’s men nicked a point at the death of Wednesday’s match and the Owls manager is hoping that the performance against the Foxes will help invigorate his struggling side.
Rohl said: “I think this is an important signal for the team that we can do this and this is about belief.”
Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers have been fighting at opposite ends of Championship table this season with Wednesday 21 points behind the visitors. The Owls’ record of seven points after 18 games has them sitting comfortably bottom of the league with a wretched record in front of goal of just nine goals scored, six worse than QPR who are 23rd in the goal scoring charts.
Rovers’ season so far is much brighter as they sit two points off the playoff places in seventh with their attack mixing it with the best in the Championship, joint fourth alongside Leeds United.
Danny Rohl spoke highly of his opponents as he discussed the promising form they have been in recently.
Rohl said: “They are a very good team. They play very quick through the centre, a lot of rotation, a lot of movements, they’ve scored a lot of times.. They’ve had a good run in the last weeks and they deserve at the moment to be on top of the table as well.”
Since Rohl arrived in S6 in October, Wednesday have picked up four points in seven games, more than the three points from 11 before he stepped foot in Hillsborough. The performances in the German’s first ever managerial post have inspired fans to believe they can secure their status in the Championship this season.
Lifelong fan and season ticket holder Dan Knight believes that Rohl’s work has revolutionised this Sheffield Wednesday team after the lack of style of play on show under former manager Xisco Munoz.
Mr Knight, 22, said: “I think Rohl has obviously transformed the team tactically, we’ve now got the ability and composure to play out from the back and actually create chances, although we still end up missing most of them.
“I think the fans have been encouraged since his first game to be honest, we’re clearly in the hands of a very good coach.”