Sheffield Wednesday: Owls look to get ‘back to basics’ defensively as they prepare for crunch Derby County showdown

Defender Jack Hunt
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Jack Hunt is urging the Owls to get “back to basics” defensively, starting away to Derby County tomorrow.

Wednesday head to Pride Park, having recorded only two clean sheets in 12 Championship matches this term.

The Owls have shipped in 14 goals and head coach Carlos Carvalhal’s future has come under the microscope in the wake of their woeful showing at struggling Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

Right-back Hunt told The Star: “We have to work extremely hard and maybe go back to basics to get a result.

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“When we nick a goal and win 1-0, it is my favourite result. Unfortunately for us this year, we have given ourselves too much to do in some games.

“When we conceded against Bolton, we went a little gung-ho and gave them a lot of chances.

“We are crying out for a clean sheet and maybe that will be the way to victory. To be fair to the strikers, they have scored a few goals this year. I know we defend as a team but as a back five we haven’t kept anywhere near as many clean sheets as we should have done.”

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Three defeats in four matches has seen Wednesday fall to 12th, four points adrift of the play-off positions.

Hunt said: “If we played like we did against Leeds every week, I don’t think we would be in the position we are in. Everyone knows in the camp we are not performing the way we should be doing and we need to turn it around.”

The portents look ominous for Owls heading into tomorrow’s tussle, with the Hillsborough club having prevailed only once in their last 22 league visits to Derby. You have to go back to 2006 for the last time Wednesday beat the Rams on their own turf.

Hunt said: “I watched their game against [Nottingham] Forest on Sunday and they looked a good team. They are expected to be right up there like they have been in the last three to four seasons. They have gone through some sticky spells themselves.

“What we have to do is focus on ourselves.”

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