It is now or never for Sheffield Wednesday in their pursuit for a top-six finish this season.
Although the Owls’ 1-0 defeat last week to Leeds United saw them remain within six points of the play-off positions, the fact that there are now three teams ahead of them in the standings means that they simply cannot slip-up again between now and May.
With the Yorkshire-based-outfit facing a trip to Carrow Road on Good Friday for a showdown with Norwich City, it is clear that they will have to alter their tactical approach if they are to pull off a shock. After making the mistake of surrendering possession against the Whites, Bruce should set-up his side to play on the front-foot as it could prove to be extremely beneficial. Despite having the joint-best home record in the Championship this year, the Canaries have conceded 31 goals in 21 games which suggests that if they are put under sustained pressure, they may crack.
Therefore, by throwing caution to the wind, Bruce could have a better chance of securing a positive result. In order to do this, he may decide to make a few alterations to his tactics which will allow him to incorporate more attackers. With the likes of Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu at his disposal, the 58-year-old is not short of options for Friday’s clash and therefore it will be intriguing to see who he chooses to lead the line against Norwich.
Whereas a defeat to Daniel Farke’s side would all-but kill off Wednesday’s hopes of extending their season past the 46-game mark in May, three points would just about keep them in contention which is a fantastic achievement when you consider how bad of a start they made to the campaign.
If they do, as expected, miss out on the play-offs, a solid end to the year could provide Bruce’s side with the momentum to launch a challenge for promotion next season.
What do you think Owls fans? Should Bruce go all-out for victory at Norwich? How impressed have you been with the former Hull City boss since he took over at the club in January? Get in touch below.
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