Yorkshire news Five Sheffield Wednesday talking points after Rochdale cup triumph MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Owls clinched their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 win at Rochdale
Breaking News ! The storm clouds hanging over Sheffield Wednesday have lifted following three wins and three clean sheets. Some much-needed positivity has returned to S6 after an encouraging start to the campaign. But manager Garry Monk is refusing to get carried away. He knows there is a still long way to go and the Owls remain a work in progress. Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday press conference recap: Garry Monk reacts to the Rochdale cup victory Read More Related Articles Every word Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk said on Rochdale, team selection and transfers But Tuesday evening's comfortable win over League One Rochdale in the Carabao Cup second round was another step in the right direction. Here are five talking points after the Owls extended their unbeaten run to three matches. The starting XI Monk said he would "make changes" after the long trek to Cardiff. Many observers probably expected seven or eight, not the entire 11! It was a big call from Monk. If the Owls had been knocked out, the chances are he would have been criticised in some quarters for fielding a weakened team. It was a potential banana skin. Read More Related Articles 'His face has not fit' - Keith Andrews gives his verdict on Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday transfer target left out of squad in potential boost for Garry Monk But he backed his youthful-looking team to come up trumps and they justified his selection. Everyone worked their socks off and put a big shift in. It is just as well Monk likes tough choices as a raft of players stepped up to the plate and put themselves in contention to start on Saturday. The young guns Ten academy graduates made up the 18-man matchday squad, with Monk resting key players such as Tom Lees, Barry Bannan, Massimo Luongo, Izzy Brown and Kadeem Harris. The average age of Wednesday's starting XI last night was 24.36. What the Rochdale tie highlighted is that the Owls have some real talent in their ranks. Debutant Ciaran Brennan (more on him later) and Liam Shaw acquitted themselves well at centre-back while Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Alex Hunt produced excellent performances in the midfield engine room. None of them looked out of place or overrawed by their surroundings. All the youngsters can be proud of their performance. The future looks bright. Read More Related Articles Andy Hinchcliffe makes extraordinary claim about Sheffield Wednesday's prospects this season Read More Related Articles Van Aken's meaty challenge, Brown losing his cool and other Sheffield Wednesday moments missed Ciaran Brennan The 20-year-old was my man of the match. There was nothing flashy about Brennan. He did the simple things well, made a string of important clearances and showed good positional sense.
. Brennan was rock solid and brought the ball out from the back with a real swagger. And he is a likeable personality. He came across as a very level-headed, humble young man when he spoke to the media for the first time post match. It is only one match but Brennan can take a lot of heart from a strong showing.
Sheffield Wednesday's Fisayo Dele-Bashiru battles with Rochdale's Ollie Rathbone
(Image: CameraSport - Dave Howarth)
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru is an exciting prospect Strong, pacy and confident on the ball. Dele-Bashiru possesses all the attributes required in the modern game to be a top box-to-box midfielder. It was a great sight seeing the 19-year-old clattering into experienced players and knocking them off the ball. His and energy and fearless approach to the game is infectious. He reads the game well and played a major part in the high press. Like the team, though, Dele-Bashiru is a work in progress. His decision-making is not perfect. There are times where he gives the ball away cheaply. But I am looking forward to watching Dele-Bashiru develop. If he keeps progressing, he could turn into some player.
Get the latest Sheffield Wednesday news
Stay up to date with all the latest Sheffield Wednesday news from Dom Howson and the team at Yorkshire Live across our social media channels. Twitter: You can follow our dedicated Sheffield Wednesday Twitter account and our Owls writer Dom Howson. Facebook: You can follow our Sheffield Wednesday page.
Job done There were a lot more positives than negatives for Wednesday. They lacked end product and quality in the final third in the opening 45 minutes but they were much-improved after the break. It would not have flattered them if they had scored five or six. Adam Reach was given a free role and heavily influenced proceedings after the break, Elias Kachunga opened his Owls account with a thumping header and Josh Windass looked sharp and full of confidence and self belief in a lively cameo from off the bench. It is three clean sheets on the spin and all the strikers are up and running. Bring on Ipswich or Fulham in the third round.
Source = MetiNews.Com