Sheffield Wednesday 0 v Millwall 0 RECAP: Da Cruz makes bright debut in dour goalless draw at Hillsborough

Hello and a very warm welcome to a crisp and sunny Hillsborough where Sheffield Wednesday are hoping to turn around a rotten run of recent home form against Millwall.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 4:53 pm

There could well be a first sighting of Alessio Da Cruz from the bench as Owls boss Garry Monk aims to kickstart their Championship play-off push.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall

Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall LIVE

Last updated: Saturday, 01 February, 2020, 14:46

  • Sheffield Wednesday welcome Gary Rowett's Millwall to Hillsborough
  • Liam Palmer back in the side for the first time since New Year's Day
  • Fernando Forestieri makes the bench alongside new boy Alessio Da Cruz
  • Morgan Fox misses out with the ankle knock suffered at Wigan

Hello and welcome back to Hillsborough

It's a crispy and sunny day here at S6 as Garry Monk's men aim to reverse a concerning run of form at home.

The Owls will be boosted by the last-hour loan signings of Connor Wickham and Josh Windass - neither of whom are expected to feature today.

But fellow new signing Alessio Da Cruz is expected to make the bench and there are returns to fitness for Liam Palmer, Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson.

How all the drama unfolded..

Happy with how things happened, Wednesdayites?

Could we see this man off the bench this afternoon?

What will Josh Windass bring to the Owls?

The news dropped late last night that Wigan Athletic midfielder Josh Windass has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old was initially rumoured as a makeweight for a move the other way for Owls forward Jordan Rhodes, but it seems Rhodes is staying put at Hillsborough.

He is the son of former Wednesday loanee Dean Windass, who played for the club for a short while in 2001 before a similarly short-term loan move to Sheffield United the year after.

What Garry Monk has said in today's matchday programme..

"In my time so far we have seen what this squad is capable of when everything is at our highest level. But we have also seen the weaknesses of the team when we are not at our highest level.

"To be successful there must be consistency in performance levels. As I said when I came to the club, this is a process and one that will take time to evolve and develop into a strong identity, although I'm fully aware we live in a culture where everybody expects/wants instant results and success.

"The key is to have a strong determination in enforcing the demand for better, stronger ethics both physically and mentally. Pushing the players and the players pushing themselves to see who can and cannot cope with those demands. Then making decisions accordingly."

What the boss said last time out..

"The players need to take pretty much full responsibility.."

Cameron Dawson has delivered an honest assessment of the Owls' recent dip in form.

Read everything he had to say HERE.

Millwall arrive with a new forward in their ranks..

Team bus back in play..

What do we think of that, then?

Two changes as Liam Palmer and Adam Reach come in for Morgan Fox and Sam Winnall.

Fox drops out altogether with the ankle knock he suffered in the Wigan defeat, there's no place for Sam Hutchinson and Fernando Forestieri joins the bench for the first time since the November trip to Charlton.

There's also a place on the bench for new boy Alessio Da Cruz, with both Connor Wickham and Josh Windass not having been registered by the midday deadline yesterday.

It looks like Reach will play centrally - most probably off the shoulder of Atdhe Nuhiu.

Dom's reaction to that team news..

The Owls.. they are out..

How the defensive re-shuffle will look..

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