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MetiNews.Com - Tony Pulis made the worst possible start to his Owls reign as his 10-man side were edged out at Deepdale in the Championship thanks to Tom Barkhuizen's 48th minute strike
Breaking News ! Brand new manager, same old problems for Sheffield Wednesday. Tony Pulis made a losing start to his Owls tenure as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Preston North End. Wednesday were forced to play more than 70 minutes with 10 men after Josh Windass was sent off for a high challenge on Joe Rafferty. Tom Barkhuizen's second half strike proved decisive as the Lilywhites claimed their first home win of the season. Here are five talking points after the Deepdale meeting. Windass' mistimed challenge Wednesday set up to frustrate and play on the counter attack in a 4-5-1 formation. But the visitors were forced to rip up their game plan and change tactics after Windass was shown a straight red card for his mistimed tackle on Rafferty. It was a reckless, silly, unnecessary tackle. Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter for reaction to Tony Pulis appointment Why you should sign up? Sheffield Wednesday have found their new manager in Tony Pulis. The former Stoke City, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Middlesbrough manager succeeds Garry Monk at Hillsborough and we will be right across the story in the coming days on Yorkshire Live. Each weekday at 3pm, a daily bulletin of all the latest news and best analysis from Dom Howson and Ricky Charlesworth will be sent to your inbox. How do you sign up? It's easy and takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article or any article on the Sheffield Wednesday section of Yorkshire Live. And that's it, you're all set. You can unsubscribe at any time and your data will not be shared with any other party. You can also follow us on Twitter and visit our dedicated Facebook page. For more details, click here. Windass left referee David Webb with no other option but to send him off. The forward is an experienced player and he should have known better. His dismissal left the Owls with a mountain to climb and means Windass will be unavailable for selection for the next three fixtures. It is now four red cards in the last six matches for Wednesday. Discipline is fast becoming a major source of concern. Given their battle for survival, the Owls can ill-afford to be without key senior players through suspension. Keiren Westwood's return All eyes were on the goalkeeper following Pulis' decision to hand him a first-team recall after a 12-month absence. So how did Westwood perform? It is fair to say he is a very vocal figure and he showed little rust early on. His communication with his defence was flawless.
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Westwood commanded his box well, making one superb punched clearance in the first period. But Pulis felt Westwood was at fault for the winner. TV replays suggest Westwood slipped as he tried to clear a cross to safety. He should have done better. “It's his mistake and he's big enough and experienced enough to take it," said Pulis. Little quality It was hard work for the Owls after they went down to 10-men. It meant an early formation rejig. Yet there was a lack of penetration, ideas and self-belief in the final third. Preston goalkeeper Declan Rudd did not have a single save to make. Their set pieces were woeful. It was all too easy for Preston. There was no threat, spark or firepower.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis looks dejected at the final whistle
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Although Pulis was happy with the "commitment" and "honesty" his team delivered yesterday, we are still wondering where the goals are going to come from this season. No wonder Pulis is already thinking about bolstering his misfiring forward line when the transfer window reopens in January. Julian Borner The big strapping German was a colossus at the back and did not deserve to finish on the losing side. He has renewed his partnership with Tom Lees at the heart of their rearguard but his form has been mightily impressive in the past three to four matches. Borner made a crucial late interception to stop substitute Sean Maguire from adding a second in the dying embers of the contest.
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With Chey Dunkley and Dominic Iorfa edging ever nearer to full fitness, it is up to Borner to keep producing the goods to stay in the side. If he carries on performing like this, he will make it impossible for Pulis to leave him out. There's no quick fix Pulis will have learnt a lot about his new charges from his first outing. It was hard to draw too many conclusions on the way forward or team's style of play as Windass' dismissal was a big turning point. What is clear is there is no magic wand to fix their problems. Wednesday are in a relegation dogfight and must scrap their way out of trouble. "It is going to take me a while to get everything the way that I want it to be but they have shown some real effort and commitment," said Pulis. There is a long road ahead to the magic 50 points.
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