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OPPOSITION FOCUS: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

24 June 2015



With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.
 
The 22nd team to feature in our opposition focus series is Sheffield Wednesday.

LAST SEASON
 
LEAGUE POSITION: 13th
 
FA CUP: Third round
 
LEAGUE CUP: Third round
 
TOP GOALSCORER: Atdhe Nuhiu (11)


2014/15 SEASON REVIEW
 
Sheffield Wednesday had a solid 2014/15 season, which saw the Owls claim their highest league position since the 2008/09 campaign and comfortably avoided being dragged into a relegation battle - finishing 19 points above Millwall in the bottom three.
 
The South Yorkshire side made a strong start after just one defeat in their opening 10 games in all competitions - a run which included a 1-0 victory over Premier League Burnley in the Capital One Cup second round.
 
But their progress was halted after a 7-0 defeat to Manchester City in round three and this sparked a run of 11 games without a win going on until late November.
 
Wednesday faced Manchester City again in the New Year, this time in the FA Cup, and put in a much better account of themselves, suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat. Atdhe Nuhiu gave the Owls a 14th minute lead, but a brace from James Milner sent Manuel Pellegrini’s men into round four.
 
Wednesday sat comfortably in mid-table for the rest of the campaign, with the biggest news taking place off the pitch following the takeover of the club by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri in January.

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0


ALBION 0

Albion secured a vital point in their bid to beat relegation following this goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
 
The result left Chris Hughton’s side a point above the Millwall in the bottom three.

Both sides had plenty of chances to secure victory, with the hosts dominating the first half, while the Seagulls had the better of the second half.

Two of the best opportunities came when Sergiu Bus had an effort saved by Seagulls keeper David Stockdale before the break, while Joe Bennett shot over for Albion.

Atdhe Nuhiu had a good chance to win the game late on for Wednesday, but he blazed his shot over the crossbar.

Sheffield Wednesday line-up: Westwood; Palmer, Lees, Zayatte, Helan; Semedo (Hutchinson 34); Lee, McGugan, Maghoma; Keane (Nuhiu 45), Bus (May 81).
 
Subs not used: Kirkland (GK), Mattock, Vermijl, Dielna.
 
Albion line-up: Stockdale; Calderon, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Bruno, Ince, Kayal (Stephens 73); Teixeira, Best (Halford 78), Baldock (Mackail-Smith 78).
 
Subs not used: Walton (GK), Hughes, LuaLua, O'Grady.


THE MANAGER
 
The manager’s position at Sheffield Wednesday is currently vacant at the time of writing, after Stuart Gray left Hillsborough after 18 months in charge.
 
Gray was initially appointed as the club’s caretaker manager following Dave Jones’s departure in January 2014.
 
Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal has been heavily linked with the position after managing a host of clubs in his native country, while he also had a spell in charge of Turkish side Besiktas.
 
 
2015/16 AMBITIONS

 
After a solid, but largely unspectacular campaign, which saw Sheffield Wednesday finish comfortably in mid-table, there is a feeling that progress can be made towards a play-off challenge next season.

New owner Dejphon Chansiri remains hugely ambitious and stated that he is targeting promotion to the Premier League within two years following his takeover of the club in January.

There is a solid spine to the team, with Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Keiren Westwood between the sticks and defenders Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees forming the heart of a strong defence.

Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan impressed in two separate loan spells at Hillsborough after making 22 appearances for the Owls in 2014/15 and would be a shrewd addition should he secure a permanent move to South Yorkshire.

After improving on their league position in each of the last four seasons, a top-half finish should be attainable next season.

See Albion v Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex plus 22 other opponents from as low as £20.22 per game by purchasing a season ticket for 2015/16.

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