Video: International break has Sheffield Wednesday well rested and more than ready for Bolton Wanderers

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If you ask a handful of footballers whether they like the international break it will probably divide opinion.

Some would rather either build on a big win or get attempt to get back on track following a defeat.

Adam Reach with Sheffield Wednesday's top scorer Gary Hooper

Adam Reach with Sheffield Wednesday's top scorer Gary Hooper

Others, meanwhile are glad of the time off.

It appears, Sheffield Wednesday’s players fall into the latter category.

The Owls went into this break off the back of a superb 3-0 win over Leeds United at Hillsborough, bringing to an end a hugely difficult seven days for the club.

Before that they had suffered the ignominy of a humbling by bitter rivals Sheffield United and then a defeat to struggling Birmingham City.

The victory over Leeds brought the smiles back to the faces in the crowd and for those on the pitch, the recuperation that followed has lifted spirits on the training ground too.

“It’s always nice to get a rest,” said Adam Reach ahead of Saturday’s return to action against Bolton at the Macron. “In the Championship the games come thick and fast, three times a week sometimes so although it came off the back of a positive result I still think it was the right time for a rest.

“Everyone has come back in this week refreshed with a smile on their faces and ready to go again on Saturday.”

While the bodies were given a break from the stresses and strains of the Championship, Reach said it was also good to clear their minds for a while.

“I think it’s more mental than physical, modern day football,” he said. “You have got the pressure of fans and the social side of things. It’s nice to concentrate on something else whether that’s family or golf and keep your minds off the games .,.now you’re back in and refreshed and focused again on football and ready to go.

“It was nice to switch off and we played golf. My mind was on other things but now we’ve been back in this past week, I’ve enjoyed training, it’s been good and now we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”