LOOVENS: WE HAVE TO STAY TIGHTER
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