'No leadership. Great. I’ll take the point now' - Sheffield Wednesday fans' verdict on team to play Derby County

Sheffield Wednesday will be bidding to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time in over a year when they entertain fellow strugglers Derby County at Hillsborough this evening.

Friday, 1st January 2021, 4:59 pm

But they will do so without experienced goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and defender Chey Dunkley, with the latter revealing on social media that he’s missing the game after suffering a hamstring tear in the win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Westwood has been replaced in goal by Joe Wildsmith for the televised fixture in front of the Sky Sports cameras with Wayne Rooney's Rams – who are three points better off than the Owls in the lower reaches of the Sky Bet Championship.

Elsewhere, Adam Reach returns to the side after being sidelined for the midweek win over Boro.

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Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Neil Thompson. Photo: Steve Ellis.

Speaking ahead of the match, Owls caretaker boss Neil Thompson revealed why Westwood and Dunkley would be sitting out tonight’s game.

"With Westwood and Dunkley, it's just a case of the games catching up with them,” he said. “We've made a couple of tweaks, we know what to expect from Derby and hopefully we can build on the performance we put in against Middlesbrough.”

Here’s what Wednesdayites on Twitter have made of Thompson’s team selection for tonight’s match.

@ScottDinnigan How can a GK who hasn’t played for a year be tired and need a rest after five games?

@tezowl Need some kind of miracle now to get out of the relegation zone today. Hopefully they can surprise us though

@PeterBu1981 If Thommo can get three points out of that starting 11 today then give him the job!

@wednesdayite87 I’d love three points tonight. With injuries the way they are think I’d take a point

@S35Kel Our best players are the ones who are getting injured at the moment because they’re willing to push themselves rather than play within themselves.

@MattHall1974 Massive blow @Dunks_92. Get fit, fast!

@DaleWhite92 We have terrible luck with injuries!

@Jamesy_boy The #SWFC curse strikes again. One centre half and our best two players for the last few games both injured. *sigh*

@koemanswfc Jesus. As well as a couple of forwards surely an experienced goalkeeper that can play more than three games running is a must in this window.

@bensaavage No Westwood or Dunkley? No leadership. Great. I’ll take the point now. #SWFC