Behind Enemy Lines: Sheffield Wednesday

MILLWALL go to Hillsborough hoping to pick up another three points after their first league win of the season against Frank Lampard’s Derby County last Saturday.

The Lions remain unbeaten after four games in all competitions, and already face a busy schedule having progressed in the EFL Cup.

Last season, each side won their home game 2-1, with Tom Elliott netting for Millwall in a Wednesday win, before Lee Gregory and Steve Morison scored at The Den.

This Wednesday squad have a point to prove after a disappointing campaign last year, though injuries and a transfer embargo for most of the summer were problems for manager Jos Lukuhay.

Lucas Ball spoke to Wednesday fan Geoff Hatcher ahead of the game.

Twitter: @GeoffSWFC

Why do you support the Owls?

My mum and dad were both at uni in Sheffield and for a few years afterwards, moving away for work just weeks before I was born. So much of my early years were spent with friends in the city.

I got taken to my first game in 1992 and we beat Manchester United. The rest is history.

What’s been your favourite season following Wednesday?

The 2004-05 season is my favourite. I barely missed a game home or away and we ended up at the Millennium Stadium where we beat Hartlepool 4-2 after extra-time for promotion to the Championship. The season had so many ups and downs, I felt exhausted by the end.

Is the current manager the right man for the job?

Who knows? Clearly he can point to the transfer embargo and not being able to bring his own players in (he’s only signed one) so keeping us competitive will be success for him this season.

How would you assess the summer window?

A transfer embargo since April is a disaster, quite frankly. We have made huge mistakes in the transfer market over the last three years and refusing to sell players has clearly proved to be one.

Who are Wednesday’s danger men likely to be against the Lions?

The main man is Barry Bannan – you stop him and you stop us.

We have quality in strikers Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher but have been so poor defensively they’ve not had a chance to shine.

What are your thoughts on this Millwall side?

Workmanlike, tough to beat, no real stars but get the job done.

What’s your predicted Wednesday starting XI and formation?

I expect Lukuhay will revert to his preferred 3-5-2 and go with:


Lees, Nielsen, Thornily

Palmer, Boyd, Bannan, Pelupessy, Hutchinson

Fletcher, Forestieri

Like last season, injuries are killing us with Daniel Pudil and Adam Reach both doubts added to missing Gary Hooper, Sam Winnall, Lucas Joao, Almen Abdi, Kieran Lee, Morgan Fox, and Joost van Aken.

Finally, what’s your score prediction?

We have been shocking in parts but I fancy us to win this. We can’t keep on being this bad!

Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Millwall – with Fletcher getting on the scoresheet.