LOOVENS: WE HAVE TO STAY TIGHTER

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

SH­EFFIELD Wed­nes­day’s im­pec­ca­ble de­fen­sive record of past sea­sons is not be­ing repli­cated this time around.

But that is all set to change, ac­cord­ing to Glenn Loovens, as the Owls look to reignite a fal­ter­ing start to the sea­son.

Car­los Car­val­hal’s side kept 49 clean sheets over the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons – in­clud­ing a club record 19 in the 2015-16 cam­paign – but this time around their de­fence has been por­ous, to say the least.

Be­fore the weekend, they had man­aged two shut-outs in all com­pe­ti­tions.

But the 34-year-old has leapt to the de­fence of his un­der-fire man­ager and, af­ter a mid­week win over Mill­wall, is con­fi­dent that mo­men­tum is build­ing.

“The clean sheets will come,” he said. “Some­times you are just dy­ing for a win and it doesn’t mat­ter how you get it.

“We knew it would be a tough game against Mill­wall. I think we played some good stuff.

“In the end, some­times you just need a scrappy win. We now have to build on it.

“When you don’t win in foot­ball, the pres­sure comes.

“We have done so well in the past and cre­ated ex­pec­ta­tions our­selves.”

UP­BEAT: Glenn Loovens

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