Sheffield Wednesday seem to have a spring in their step since the start of February and it’s thanks to Steve Bruce that things are looking up.
They’re unbeaten in six since he’s taken charge, winning half, and they now sit 12th just six points away from the promotion places. Bruce has had a tough time with the passing of his mother and father in quick succession last season before he was sacked as Aston Villa boss, but after a spell on holiday, he’s clearly reignited his passion for the game and the Wednesday players’ too but the looks of it.
The Englishman was booked for leaving his technical area in his side’s impressive 2-0 over Brentford on Tuesday, but he brushed it off, saying: “This is the reason why I came back and off my holidays. It is what gets the juices flowing” (quotes sourced from The Star). It’s this enthusiasm which must have rubbed off on his side since his appointment.
The Owls’ city rivals Sheffield United are riding high in second place in the Championship so the pressure is on for them to up their game and bring some excitement back to Hillsborough. Their next game’s at home against United on March 4, and it’s come at just the right time for Steve Bruce and his men.
The Steel City derby will be vital in keeping spirits high in the dressing room and in the stands, but the game won’t define their season. It’s very clear things are looking up in their performances, not just in their results, so Bruce’s new-found enthusiasm must continue to get Wednesday back in contention for promotion.
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