Sheffield Wednesday: Owls aim to bounce back

Sheffield Wednesday loanee Jeremy Helan battles with David Norris for possession.
Sheffield Wednesday loanee Jeremy Helan battles with David Norris for possession.
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s players are grateful for an immediate chance to show that they can learn the lessons of the defeat at Leeds, says Stuart Holden.

The Owls see tomorrow’s game at Blackpool as an opportunity to rediscover the form that took them to the brink of Championship safety.

“That was the main thing that was stressed in the dressing room,” said loan midfielder Holden. “Yes, we didn’t do it, especially at the start of the second half, but we have been on a great run of late; we need to get back to that now, put this behind us and really look forward to Tuesday.

“It gives us a chance to forget (about the Leeds game), move on and hopefully pick up some points away again.”

The Owls await the result of fitness checks on Jermaine Johnson (knee) and Giles Coke (foot), who went off during the game, and Seyi Olofinjana (knee), who is seeing a specialist.

Of the disruption caused by injuries, Holden said: “You get out of a rhythm. The team’s playing well and when you mix and match like that it’s tough. But we’re all professionals; we’re all capable of making these adjustments.

“It came down to us and how we allowed Leeds to take the game to us at the start of the second half, which was really the deciding point of the game. We stopped playing a bit. We invited a bit too much pressure; they build up a bit of momentum.

“If you invite that type of pressure and cross into your box, you’re just defending. Luke Varney made two great runs and two great headers for the goals.”

Jermaine Johnson lobbed Wednesday into a first half lead but Luke Varney struck twice inside six second-half minutes.

Holden added: “In the first half we were quite comfortable. We played some encouraging stuff and maybe could have had a couple of goals.

“We have to look at ourselves and learn in that respect for another big game away from home.”