Quality counts as Rosler’s away specialists head for Hillsborough

On the mark: Rob Jones scores against Brentford last season
On the mark: Rob Jones scores against Brentford last season
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s 100 per cent home record comes under threat from away specialists tomorrow.

Brentford have one of the best away records in League One, with four wins, two draws and only one defeat.

It is home form that has been causing manager Uwe Rosler some concern - the Bees had gone six games without a win at Griffin Park until they beat Chesterfield 2-1 last Saturday.

But the away results have helped to put the Owls’ 2005 play-off semi-final foes in a healthy posotion of eight in the table, two points below the top six.

Chairman Greg Dyke is pleased with the progress that the club have made and with the impact of Uwe Rosler, who is four months into the manager’s job.

The team’s style of football at Hillsborough could be pleasing on the eye, with Dyke pledging that the club’s aim is to play “quality football” as well as earning results.

The Bees also have a major funder, Matthew Bentham, but the chairman denies claims that they have cash to splash around.

“Uwe, as with managers at all clubs, has a playing budget,” says Dyke. “We believe Uwe’s is around mid-table, in terms of size in League One.

“Uwe has had to carefully manager his budget, with the assistance of our financial teams, and, given our performances allied to results so far, we believe our current placement shows great promise for the future.

“Indeed, looking at the teams above us, six of the seven clubs have greater budgets than Uwe’s.

“We are satisfied that the club is making on many fronts.”

Wednesday will want to avoid a repeat of last season’s meetings with the Bees, who inflicted a first away League defeat of the campaign on them, 1-0 in a September game, and made worse a rocky spell for the Owls last spring, when a goal by Rob Jones could not save them from a 3-1 home setback.

But that Hillsborough game also proved to be a turning point. After it, Wednesday had lost five in a run of seven games, but they won the next one, 2-1 at home to Colchester, and that was the start of run-in that saw four wins, two draws and only one defeat as they consolidated their position in the table.

Rosler is remembered as a German international striker who played for Manchester City in the 1990s, though he also had spells at West Brom and Southampton.

The 42-year-old has managed teams in Norway and Denmark.

Last week’s win against Chesterfield left Rosler looking to sign a keeper on loan as cover for first choice Richard Lee.

With No 2 Simon Moore ruled out by a shoulder injury, the Bees had no keeper on the bench.

Teams and ref

OWLS (possible): Bywater; Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Reynolds; O’Connor, Lines, Semedo, Marshall; O’Grady, Lowe (4-4-2)

BEES (possible): Lee; Logan, Bennett, Leira, Adams; McGinn, Diagouraga, Douglas, Saunders; Grella, Donaldson. (4-4-2)

Andy D’Urso (Essex): Last refereed Wednesday when they lost 2-1 at home to Exeter in the final game of last season. His record this season is 15 games, 46 yellow cards and one red.

History lesson

Brentford did the double over Wednesday last season, winning 1-0 at home and 3-1 at Hillsborough, in the first games between the clubs since the 2005 play-off semi-finals, when the Owls won 1-0 at Hillsborough and 2-1 at Griffin Park.

One to watch

Jonathan Douglas scored for Swindon at Hillsborough in May when his midfield partner was David Prutton and both played well. The Robins lost 3-1 and went down. Douglas moved to Brentford in the summer.