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View From The Town End: Sheffield Wednesday

After Tuesday's disappointing draw it's time for Wednesday... on Saturday. Here Joe Crann gives his two thoughts on the Owls and what we can expect from Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

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How would you sum up Wednesday's season so far?

Very happy to be honest! We're not scoring nearly enough goals at home but we've got a solid defence and for once they look like they're a real unit. Very promising.

After a few years of bouncing between tiers two and three, are the fans optimistic the club can start challenging for a Premier League spot again?

I think we're daring to dream about it a little bit now, especially given the takeover that's expected to happen in the next week or so. Maybe in 3/4 years we can really challenge again, possibly before if we're looking at playoffs.

You had former Royal Royston Drenthe on loan earlier this season. How did Owls fans view his performances?

I think we saw Royston like most have seen him over the years. Incredibly talented with the ability to change a game in a second, but inconsistent and a bit crazy. I'd have liked him to stay but it wasn't to be.

The two sides met earlier this season at Hillsborough with Wednesday picking up a 1-0 win. What did you make of Reading that day and from what you've seen and heard since.

I'm in South Africa so I couldn't actually watch the game, but I did listen online and it sounded like a pretty tight match up. Obviously I was glad we got the win there but I know things didn't go too well for your boys in the weeks that followed. You've been pretty stop start this season. You'll need to string a few wins together to avoid getting dragged into the relegation mire.



Any players Wednesday fans aren't looking forward to facing?

Obviously the boys will have to keep an eye on Simon Cox, but I think the biggest threat is probably Norwood. He's grabbed a couple of assists and a goal recently so he'll be confident.

And likewise who should Reading fans watch out for?

We've struggled in front of goal recently, but Nuhiu is always a handful and I think Stevie May will also cause problems if he plays. Loan signing Lewis Baker is also a bit special if given too much freedom.

Score prediction?

I'll go 2-1 Wednesday. I can hope :)

Finally, as a man who covers South African football, what's the latest on former Reading loanee Bongani Khumalo?

Bongs is still recovering from his injury. He badly hurt his knee while playing for South Africa against Brazil last year and has been out for a long, long time. His contract at Spurs expires at the end of this season and I'm told he's got a few options available.

Thanks again to Joe and you can follow him on Twitter @yeswecrann.