Sheffield Wednesday: Melo gets a run-out as Owls Under-21s draw

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Portuguese midfielder Filipe Melo staked his claim for a Sheffield Wednesday starting berth after coming through unscathed Owls’ development squad’s goalless draw at Coventry City this afternoon

Along with right-back Lewis Buxton, the Portuguese midfielder completed the full 90 minutes as Wednesday’s young guns fired a blank versus the Sky Blues.

Melo, recruited from Moreirenses for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day last month, has featured just once for the Owls’ first-team, coming on as a second-half substitute at Ipswich Town. The 25-year-old was an unused substitute at Blackpool last weekend but could be involved against Fulham this weekend if Sam Hutchinson fails to shrug off a foot problem.

Coach Lee Bullen has told The Star: “It was great Filipe [Melo] and Lewis [Buxton] got 90 minutes under their belts. They were excellent.”

Defender Josh Murray and winger Danny O’Brien, on trial from Manchester City and Aston Villa respectively, also played in this afternoon’s clash at Nuneaton Town’s Liberty Way Stadium.

Bullen added: “It was probably a fair result on a difficult pitch. Both sides had a mixture of experienced and young players.

“There were no real clear cut chances. It was not a great game for the neutral.”

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Murray, Floro, de Havilland, Buxton, Melo, O’Brien, Croasdale, Fusco, McCabe, Stobbs.

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