Sheffield Wednesday: Milan targets derby win

Atdhe Nuhiu personifies the disappointment felt by the Owls after the Yeovil game
Atdhe Nuhiu personifies the disappointment felt by the Owls after the Yeovil game
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Milan Mandaric believes that the Hillsborough derby against Doncaster on Saturday can be a turning point in the Owls’ season.

The chairman has high hopes that it can provide his club with a first win of the campaign.

Mandaric shares the disappointment of players, management and fans over the home draw with 10-man Yeovil and the defeat at Birmingham.

But he points out that several games have been close.

“When you look at the table, it is not good reading,” he admits.

“But in four or five or the games we have done ok; nobody really outplayed us; we could have lost or drawn games, but we could have won them as well. We were competitive.

“I’m confident we’ll turn things around. As a chairman, I can’t afford to panic.

“The only way we’ll move forward is if we move forward in the same direction.”

Mandaric hopes that fans can play their part on Saturday by giving the team familiar backing.

He added: “We came out of League One; we stayed up. This season I am looking to stabilise.

“Of course after seven games there is nothing to celebrate. But in some of those we played we played quite well.

“I firmly believe we’ll turn things around, and we have a very experienced manager.”

When asked whether, in hindsight, more could have been done to bring players in, he said: “We brought it six or seven senior players, and a lot of youngsters.

“You can’t say we weren’t doing anything, but for some reason or another it didn’t quite click; that happens sometimes in football.

“I think we can look forward to some better games.

“I know it’s going to be a hard game on Saturday. We have to show what we’re made of.

“Our supporters are desperate for us to get that first win.

“I’m quite sure there’s enough quality for us to start winning games, plus of course we need two or three additions.

“We also need to work hard, and I think we will win on Saturday if we do that.”

It is hoped that Lewis Buxton will be fit. He missed the Birmingham game because he suffered a knee gash in training last Friday that needed seven stitches.

Saturday sees the final game of Jordan Spence’s one-month loan, and whether he stays for longer has yet to be decided.

A very young Wednesday Under 21 side lost 3-1 to Derby at the Rams’ training ground yesterday, their goal coming from Adam Hinchliffe. The Owls included four 16-year-olds and five 17-year-olds.