Sheffield Wednesday: The Owls weak spot Bolton Wanderers targeted
When Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson visited Hillsborough at the start of the month and watched the Owls dismantle Leeds United, he spotted a chink in Wednesday's armour.
Parkinson felt the Championship strugglers could trouble the Owls down their left hand side. The former Bradford City manager unleashed Sammy Ameobi on the wing in Saturday’s encounter at the Macron Stadium and he gave Adam Reach a
torrid time with his pace and direct style of play. Ameobi capped a mesmerising first half display by superbly curling in the opener in the 10th minute.
“I watched Sheffield Wednesday against Leeds and they played well but I thought it would be interesting if they played the same team,” said Parkinson. “I know Adam Reach well and he’s a great lad but he’s a left-sided player playing left-back and we worked all week on getting the ball as quickly as we could to Sammy, hitting him on the diagonal. I think he gave him a very, very tough time in that first 45 minutes.
“[Barry] Bannan playing on the left, he drifts in field a lot. He gives you a lot of problems in possession but out of it there was space for Mark (Little) to drive forward. Sammy, being left-footed, needs that overlapping full-back and Mark is willing to do that. It was a good combination.”
Despite a late Wednesday rally, the Trotters held on to secure their first league victory of the season.
After 12 matches, Parkinson’s charges lie bottom of the table, six points adrift of safety.