Sheffield Wednesday: Barry Bannan, Adam Reach, Sam Hutchinson, Almen Abdi, Sam Winnall … all the main talking points from today’s press conference ahead of Sunday’s Championship trip to Bristol City.

Jos Luhukay
Jos Luhukay

Manager Jos Luhukay and the man for spectacular goals, Adam Reach, met the media at the Owls’ Middlewood training complex. Here’s a round-up of what they had to say.


Adam Reach

Adam Reach

Josh Onomah face injury: “He is very well. I think he is available for Sunday.”

Sam Hutchinson: “He is going in a very positive direction. He is back in full training. Being ‘training fit’ is not the same as ‘game fit’. We must wait for him to come to 100 per cent.”

Allowing West Brom to come back from 2-0 down to 2-2 on Wednesday: “I have watched the West Brom game back twice. Apart from the last five minutes, we played almost the perfect game. There were no dangerous moments for us until the end. We had control. If we had made the third goal, West Brom would never have come back. Fernando Forestieri had a clear chance to to make the third goal.”

Praise for Fernando Forestieri

Top six: “The distance to the play-off positions isn’t very much. I think we deserve more points than we have. If we had four points more, our position in the league would be fantastic.”

Bristol City clash: “The winner on Sunday can come close to the play-off positions. It’s a very important game. We are not disappointed with our performances. That gives us hope for Sunday and after the international break. On Sunday, it is two good teams against each other.”

Barry Bannan available after a ban: The manager was evasive about whether Bannan will earn an immediate recall after a good team performance in the midfielder’s absence against West Brom.

Almen Abdi: “He’s full in training. He has played how many games in two years? Four? He is not Championship fit yet. He needs (under-23) games first. You must have the 100 per cent physical side. He has been too long away from the group.”

Sam Winnall: “He’s now back in 100 per cent training sessions. He may play in the U-23s next week.”


West Brom draw: “We need to start keeping clean sheets. We have to be more cynical, more streetwise, take a booking now and again. When your own goals dry up, clean sheets keep you in matches.”

Tight division: “The Championship is a long road and it’s early days. We’re 12th and need to be looking up. There is no team pulling away.”

Story of the Owls’ September

Long-range strikes/goal target: “I’ll take a goal from a yard that hits me on the back of the head and goes in. The last two have come from distance and that’s brilliant. They were special. Double figures is what I’d like to achieve this season and I don’t think that’s unattainable. I think I can score from outside and inside the box.”

New boys: “Both Michael Hector and Josh Onomah have settled in really well. Everything settles down once the transfer window closes and you know what the squad is. Josh has had to be patient,. I think, if he gets a run of games, his performances will get better and better. He’ll take the ball anywhere and he’s strong and he’s quick.”

Matt Penney: “Matt’’s been tremendous. He’s a quiet boy but very confident once he gets on to the pitch. He does the basics right and there’s quality in his left foot. All the young players have settled in seamlessly. That’s down to the dressing room. The senior players are very welcoming.”

Bristol City test: “They’re in a similar position to us, I keep in touch with (right-back) Jack Hunt and he says they’re a good side and capable of doing well. It will be nice to see him. I speak to him every couple of days. He’s enjoying it down there. He’s a top Championship player. He was a brilliant servant for this club.”

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