Sheffield Wednesday: Barry Bannan can handle the Aston Villa boo-boys, claims Owls defender

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Morgan Fox has backed his Owls teammate Barry Bannan to handle the Aston Villa boo-boys when the midfielder lines-up against his old club today.

Midfield dynamo Bannan came through the ranks at Villa Park, making 83 appearances for the club before moving to Crystal Palace in 2013.

Although the Scotland international has previously stated he is an avid follower of Villa, he has, on some of his previous visits, been jeered by the home fans.

“I think some players can thrive off that (boos) and I’m sure Barry is one of them,” Fox told The Star.

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Bannan has been the Owls’ standout performer this season, producing a series of impressive displays.

Morgan Fox

Morgan Fox

Fox, who is expected to keep his place in the team with Daniel Pudil still nursing a hamstring problem, said: “He has been brilliant. Barry has a lot of qualities.

“He went close to scoring the other night (against Millwall) I’m sure he will get one soon.

“Barry and Adam [Reach] have played every game. It’s important we keep players fit and performing well.”

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Villa, sitting in fifth position, have won all five home meetings with Wednesday in the second tier, most recently the 2-0 triumph in March after a brace by Jonathan Kodjia.

“It was a tough game when we last played them and we went down to 10 men which didn’t help,” said Fox. “It was a bit of a scrap in the end.

“Villa Park is a great stadium to go and play at and we will be right up for it. Villa have been playing well recently after a shaky start.

“We know what they are about and we have to go and match them. We will be positive and hopefully will get a result. We are a massive club and go into every game trying to win it.”

Wednesday have not suffered four successive away league defeats since 2014.

Left-back Fox said: “We have to build on the Millwall win and take that into Villa. We have to stick with it.

“We are aware that we have not kept enough clean sheets and that is something we are looking to change.”

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