Sheffield Wednesday 1 v Derby County 0 RECAP: Neil Thompson on Liam Shaw and a big Owls win
Hello and a very warm welcome to The Star’s LIVE coverage of Sheffield Wednesday’s home clash with Derby County.
The Owls head into the clash hoping to record two league wins in a row for the first time in over a year against a Derby side also caught up in the relegation conversation.
Our boys Joe Crann and Alex Miller are at Hillsborough ready to deliver every moment of the action and speak to caretaker boss Neil Thompson for his reaction to everything that happens.
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County LIVE
Last updated: Friday, 01 January, 2021, 20:29
- Sheffield Wednesday hoping to make it two wins in two and four unbeaten
- Caretaker boss Neil Thompson takes charge as the manager search goes on
- Derby County arrive with caretaker boss Wayne Rooney in charge
- No Keiren Westwood or Chey Dunkley for the Owls
Sheffield Wednesday have kicked off the new year in the best possible fashion by beating fellow strugglers Derby County at Hillsborough this evening – a win which lifts them out of the Sky Bet Championship drop zone.
And that’s that
Neil Thompson has gone.
NT on Exeter
We’ll have a look at the squad next week in terms of injuries and niggles and put a team out to win the game.
NT on changing shape
We needed to adjust a little bit, Josh up top and Pato in. Kacha hasn’t has a lot of football but he showed a lot of energy.
Liam is very adaptable. When he was coming through as a kid we didn’t really know his best position, he’ll nail that down.
He’s a big lad, he’s six-foot-four and his energy is amazing.
NT on who’s in charge for Exeter
All I’ve been told is to prepare for the games.
We’ll be able to see how the win affects the lads in the coming weeks.
NT on message from the chairman
It’s been simple to concentrate one the games. There is half the season left, it’s important.
NT on transfers
Not really my role. The focus has been entirely on the games, tactical stuff and getting their minds and energy right. We’ve had to work hard.
NT on some time off
We need it. We need to rest people up, there are niggles.
Hopefully next week we’ll have a real good week’s training.
NT on Tom Lees
When I was academy manager at Leeds, Tom was 14 or 15. He’s a consummate professional, a credit to his profession.
Every player has bad spells but its a mark of the man as to how he’s doing.
NT on the short-term future / management
I don’t know. We’ll prepare as normal. They’ll have a rest.
It’s too early for me to talk about whether the job is something I fancy. It’s been such a whirlwind week.
The lads were very focused. They’ve taken things on board and it’s been great. A familiar face sometimes helps.