Sheffield Wednesday: Barry Bannan looks for Owls to lift spirits after Scotland woe

Scotland's Barry Bannan (left) and Slovakia's Michal Duris (right) battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the City Arena, Trnava.
Scotland's Barry Bannan (left) and Slovakia's Michal Duris (right) battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the City Arena, Trnava.
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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan will be looking to put behind him a turbulent week on the international front as he and his Scottish team mate Steven Fletcher turn their attention back to the Championship.

The pair are back training with the Owls as they prepare for the crunch clash with league leaders Huddersfield Town for the televised game at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Bannan and Fletcher who left for international duty off the back of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Following that Bannan was in the side which drew 1-1 with Lithuania in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park, a result which heaped pressure on Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. The criticism intensified on Tuesday night following a 3-0 defeat away to Slovakia, where Bannan was joined in the starting XI by Wednesday team mate Fletcher.

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Now Bannan is aiming to up his game at club level so the Scots are ready for next month’s eagerly-anticipated enounter with England at Wembley.

“It’s not over, all the teams are closely matched in this group,” Bannan said. “England dropped points in Slovenia and we dropped points in Slovakia. It’s our fault, because we’re the ones who are out there losing games.

“We are disappointed at the moment. We’ll get ourselves back to our clubs and try to perform, then the next time we meet up we’ll try to look at where we went wrong on this trip. Every game in this group is going to be massive because the teams are so closely matched and it (England game) is a game we’ll look forward to, it’s the arch enemy.”

“Everybody’s disappointed, as you can imagine, but there’s only three points from us to England.”