Sheffield Wednesday look to maintain unbeaten streak against Bolton

Sheffield Wednesday have not suffered a loss since Steve Bruce started as Owls manager on 1 February, despite having six injured strikers.

Ahead of the Bolton match tomorrow night, Steve Bruce said he hopes to maintain their unbeaten run.

Although as a new manager he is not looking to make any major changes, his long term strategy is to focus on developing young new recruits as he did with Hull City.

“Can we find another Andy Robertson? Can we find a Clucas? Can we find a Harry Maguire? All of these are what we are looking for. We’re putting something in place which will be good for the club,” he said.

However the push for recruitment is a bigger struggle because of financial fair play.

Bruce said: “Well we all know that the financial fair play embargo is not an embargo as such.

“We might have to sell one or two – that becomes part of the equation but we’re not alone in it. For any big club its a problem that we all face with parachute payments.”

Speaking about his injury-ravaged strikers, Steve Bruce said Sam Winnall has been training and is pushing to get back to full fitness.

“He’s training and he’s got some minutes under his belt, so we’ll see how he is,” he said.

Liam Palmer at Sheffield Wednesday Press Conference

Defender Liam Palmer said the defence has been strong since Steve Bruce took the helm.

He said: “The whole team has been more aggressive with our pressing at re-starts and goal kicks. When it comes to clean sheets and staying in the game it starts from the front and ends with us [the defenders]. I think it’s a mindset not only from the defenders, but the whole team working together.

“Everyone’s bought into that and we’ve recognised that we’ve need to be more solid, not conceding goals. I think it’s worked well since the new manager’s come in.”