Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: Owls star nears impressive milestone | Barry Bannan and Neil Thompson press conference

It’s press conference day and Sheffield Wednesday are back in action this weekend after their Covid-19 enforced break.

By Joe Crann
Friday, 22nd January 2021, 3:27 pm

The Owls travel to take on Everton on Sunday in the FA Cup, hoping to put on a performance that builds on their recent upturn in form under interim boss Neil Thompson.

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Thompson is speaking to us today in a press conference ahead of that trip to Merseyside and skipper Barry Bannan will also be offering his thoughts on what’s been happening over the course of a strange few weeks at S6.

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Barry Bannan should hit 250 Sheffield Wednesday games this season.

Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: Neil Thompson and Barry Bannan press conference

Last updated: Friday, 22 January, 2021, 12:34

  • The Owls return to take on Everton on Sunday
  • Barry Bannan and Neil Thompson are speaking to the media today

It’s been well documented he was on the radar of the club for a while. I was kept abreast of what was going on and he’ll be a good addition I’m sure.

NT on fixtures congestion

It’s busy. There are games and days ahead, physically you have to let them recover, whether that’s two or three games in a week. We have to monitor that and look after everyone, but you have to get the best team out you can to in matches.

He’s come back in, he obviously had a bit of a hamstring issue. He’s looked sharp and is happy with himself, and there’s a lot of competition now.

NT on Ryan Galvin / youngsters

Ryan has a lot of scope to him. He’s been here a year or 18 months. He’s got a lot of scope to him.

He’s given us another option.

It’s important there is a pathway. You have to earn the right to do it and for those lads to make their debut is fantastic.

That’s not really part of my remit. I can’t really comment on it, but things are ongoing - and that’s where things are at at this point in time.

He’s been good this week. It’s competitive and he’s back in a good condition. There’s a few options there which is good. We’re going to need them.

It depends on the system we play, but he’s capable of playing both areas out wide and down the middle. He;s played most of his career out wide but he’s certainly not opposed to playing down the middle.

He’s chomping at the bit to get going.

It’s a diversion of league football and it’s an availability to get an upset. You have to embrace it and treasure it.

NT on no fans at Goodison

That goes without saying. You miss the supporters. Away from home we have incredible suppot and it’s like having another player.

Norwich had a few supporters in and just them cheering, you got a tingle down your neck. We miss it, the supporters will be missing it massively.

It is what it is, we have to be adaptable.

NT on Everton v Rotherham

The analysis guys have put stuff together and we’ve looked at that. We’ll go into the nitty-gritty of that tomorrow.

But at the end oft he day, whoever the players are, if someone beats you, you want it to be because they’re better than you, not because they’ve worked harder than you.

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