New Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore talks Rotherham United and Owls injuries
Rotherham United are one team battling it out for Championship survival alongside Sheffield Wednesday, and the importance of this week is not lost on new manager, Darren Moore.
Moore joined the Owls on Monday after leaving Doncaster Rovers for S6, and got straight to work with a training session and press call ahead of the visit of the Millers on Wednesday evening.
A debut victory could potentially see them close the gap on 21st-placed Birmingham City, but would also offer some revenge for the 3-0 demolition under Garry Monk back in October.
The new SWFC boss says he’s aware of the threat posed by Paul Warne’s side, telling the media, “It’s a big game for the local supporters in the community, and an excellent game. It’s a match where we know the threats that Rotherham carry, and we know it’s going to be a really good game.
“It’s one that we plan and prepare for, but also look forward to. Wednesday night is going to be excellent, I’m just sorry to see that the fans can’t see it first-hand.
“But I’m sure from the safety of their homes they’ll be tuned into the match…
“We know Paul and his teams are tough opponents to play against. It’s a local derby, so whatever the form guide was in it goes out of the window. We know it’s a big game on Wednesday evening.”
Sadly, though, Wednesday are far from full strength as he looks to get off to a winning start at Hillsborough, but he insists he won’t be trying to rush anybody back sooner than is safe.
He added, “We’ve got some players out on the treatment table, which doesn’t help things, but they are where they are… Our first port of call for them is to see them get their full fitness back.
“We’ve got to focus on what we have available, and get the squad prepped for another tough week. That’s exactly what we’re doing. I came in, looked at the squad, and it was wonderful to work with them. We’re looking forward to more of the same.”
Wednesday and Rotherham face off at 7.45pm tomorrow night.