The unwanted record Sheffield Wednesday will be out to avoid against Blackburn Rovers

Sheffield Wednesday will be seeking to avoid an unwanted record when they face Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 5:44 pm

You have to go back to the 1994/95 season for the last time the Owls lost twice in a league season to the Lancashire club. Rovers went on to win the Premier League title that year under the leadership of Kenny Dalglish.

But five points and seven places currently separate the teams in the Championship this term.

Blackburn have slipped into the bottom half after a five-match winless run.

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Midfielder Barry Bannan and his Owls team-mates in action at Leeds United. Pic Steve Ellis

Owls manager Garry Monk, whose side fell to a 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park earlier in the campaign, said: "It was only a couple of weeks ago that Blackburn won five games in a row.

"All of a sudden, you have a bad couple of weeks...but we have seen that across the board. Every team has gone through it.

"We had a bad week and we got punished for it. We talked about it and we conceded late goals in that period.

"You look at last Saturday (Leeds United) and we were the ones that scored the late goals.

"We have to prepare for what we think Blackburn will do. We are preparing for the best Blackburn to turn up and we are preparing ourselves to try and beat that so that is what we are focusing on."

Monk, still searching for attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window, could name an unchanged side after back-to-back away victories over Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United.

The Wednesday chief has plenty of admiration for his managerial counterpart at Blackburn Tony Mowbray.

"I have had good discussions with Tony over the years," he said. "He is a very good manager and they have a very good squad.

"You are seeing squads throughout the whole league from top to bottom having fluctuations in performances.

"It is difficult in this league and it seems to be even more difficult this year for pure consistency.

"It can change.

"The main thing is we showed in the six games that we were unbeaten what we can do and we have to fight for that in every single game.”