What Sheffield Wednesday need to do to get back on track: Jon Newsome's Column Part Two

When things are going well and the side is winning, then the football club and dressing room is usually a great place to be.

Tuesday, 17th October 2017, 8:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7:38 am
Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees

No one is ever really that unhappy, even the lads who aren’t getting as much game time as they would normally like will not usually cause that much friction because if the team are winning, or flying high, they know they have to bide their time for an opportunity.

When things have taken a turn for the worse then all of a sudden it can sometimes become a bit of a task to keep everyone together and at times like this, when the confidence is low, it is easy for that very same dressing room to become disjointed or split.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

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I've said it before but there is only one way that you can sort out this potential issue, and that is out on the training ground. In my experience the harder you work, the more graft you put in out there will bring that group of players, and that dressing room back together.

I mentioned it last week, because for me, the international week was the perfect opportunity to put just that into practice. To get out onto the training ground and get the confidence higher, work on our game, our fitness and go into the Bolton game like a steam train. What actually happened I don’t know, because I am not privy to what the players did in that spare week but whatever it was, it certainly didn’t achieve the reaction, performance or result that was required.

There has been speculation surrounding Carlos Carvalhal's job right now and this unfortunately comes with the territory, especially at a time when the results are far from what anybody was hoping for and the expectation levels have understandably increased. These are testing times for not just him, but also the Chairman and the football club and it just shows you how quickly things can change in football at this level.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Looking ahead we have the trip to Derby who sit level with us on 16 points but having played a game less. Their season has somewhat mirrored ours so far and I can’t imagine the expectation level at Pride Park was, and will be, any different to the one at Hillsborough.

Both are currently under-performing and in need of some points to start climbing up that table. A clean sheet would be most welcome by me, if we can keep one of those then we simply don’t get beat, and from there you can build and start moving forward. Which Sheffield Wednesday will turn up? Hopefully the better one!