Barry Bannan bemoans international break as Sheffield Wednesday seek momentum

Though the international break is giving Sheffield Wednesday’s walking wounded the chance to get back fit again, Barry Bannan admits that it dampens their momentum a bit.

Wednesday have lost just two of their opening seven games in all competitions so far this season as they seek to chip away at their 12-point deduction and get back a winning mentality in the midst of the huge challenge they face this season, and Bannan thinks they’d prefer to keep playing.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel this week, when asked about the possibility of it being a welcome break, the Owls’ skipper replied, “Probably not really, because I think we were just getting into the run of things and then there was a stoppage again, so it’s probably dampened the momentum that we were trying to build.

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“With having these games so early in the season, we’d have liked to have a few games before the break up - the international break we don’t really like because it breaks the season up. Obviously you want to keep playing games rather than training.”

The plus side for Monk is that, Callum Paterson (Scotland) aside, he’s been able to spend more time working with his side in the build-up to their clash with Birmingham City, a game that offers them the chance to move to -4 points in the Championship table.

Wednesday face the Blues on October 17th as they seek to bring to an end a six-game winless streak against them, and pick up a first win at St. Andrews since back in February 2016.

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Sheffield Wednesday face Birmingham City in their next game. (Pic Steve Ellis)

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