What Adam Reach believes Sheffield Wednesday have to improve to push on
Adam Reach is demanding Wednesday turn Hillsborough into an intimidating place for visiting teams again.
The secret of the Owls' success in Carlos Carvalhal's two full seasons in charge was arguably their strong home form. They suffered just eight defeats, a record which enabled them to lay a solid foundation to build on.
But the Owls struggled for consistency on home soil last time around, recording just eight wins. Wednesday suffered eight losses, including heavy defeats to Sheffield United, Burton Albion and Aston Villa.
Reach, an indispensable figure in the Owls' side, told The Star: "Our home record wasn't as strong it should have been last season.
"It let us down early in the season, not just in the derby against Sheffield United, but also against Sunderland and Burton.
"Your home stadium needs to be a fortress if you want to have a successful season. You have to win your home games."
Although Wednesday under-performed in finishing 15th place last term, the fans continued to turn up in big numbers. The club's average attendance was just under 26,000 - the seventh highest in the league.
"We really appreciate the fans backing," said midfield ace Reach. "They kept coming down to support us last year and we have to keep putting the work and effort in.
"I'm sure we will this season and together as fans, players and staff I think we can do something really special."
Meanwhile, the Owls have sold-out their 1,624 ticket allocation for their pre-season friendly at Mansfield Town next week. Jos Luhukay's men take on the Stags at Field Mill on Tuesday, July 24, kick-off 7:30pm.