Owls’ play­ers to blame, not Luhukay, says Bannan

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FRONT PAGE -

SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY’S play­ers must take the blame for their slump in for­tunes, ac­cord­ing to mid­fielder Barry Bannan, writes Richard Her­cock.

Three goals in 11 sec­ond-half min­utes con­signed Jos Luhukay’s team to a fourth suc­ces­sive Cham­pi­onship de­feat when they went down 4-0 at Hills­bor­ough to Nor­wich City.

Wed­nes­day are now just four points off the rel­e­ga­tion zone with a daunt­ing trip to Sh­effield United loom­ing on Fri­day night in the Steel City derby.

Owls fans con­fronted owner and chair­man De­jphon Chan­siri out­side the sta­dium, af­ter the match, de­mand­ing Dutch­man Luhukay – who only ar­rived in Jan­uary – be axed.

But Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional Bannan be­lieves the play­ers have to share the blame for Wed­nes­day’s cur­rent slide.

“You can’t blame the man­ager,” said the 28-year-old. “We are the 11 play­ers out there. It is not him who is play­ing the game for us.

“We are all be­hind the man­ager. It’s not the man­ager’s fault. It’s the play­ers who go out there and play week in, week out. It is us who have got to take the flak. We are the ones play­ing.”

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