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Coming into the Christmas holidays in 2021, the Owls appeared to have found their stride, unbeaten in 12 straight league fixtures before a lengthy break put a halt to that momentum.
Having some games postponed is the last thing that manager Darren Moore and his team needed, and it seems as though that lengthy delay has affected their play on the field.
Wednesday ended last year by losing 5-0 to Sunderland, 19 days after they had defeated Crew Alexandra by a 2-0 score, putting them in contention for a playoff spot at the time.
They only had to wait three days after their defeat to The Black Cats before their next game, but the squad appeared to be a little shell-shocked and low on confidence, conceding seven targeted efforts to the Shrews despite only allowing them 34% possession.
Following that defeat, Moore said that his team had failed to create those clear-cut opportunities in front of goal despite carrying the play and tempo of that game.
Finding more consistency in the final third is among the New Year’s resolutions that their manager is seeking as their goalscoring has dried up lately, having failed to find the back of the net in four of their last five matches.
The Owls could be missing centre-back Lewis Gibson once again, as the man on loan from Everton is still struggling with his fitness, and it seems like they could use the Englishman with fellow loanee Bailey Peacock-Farrell having faced 16 shots combined in his previous two matches played, conceding six goals.
Moore made a few minor changes to his starting 11 against Shrewsbury from the side who began the match against Sunderland, as Sam Hutchinson replaced Chey Dunkley on defence, Dennis Adeniran was inserted in midfield rather than Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Theo Corbeanu came into the lineup instead of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Saido Berahino replaced Jack Hunt.
Lee Gregory is their biggest goalscoring threat with eight goals this season, four more than the next closest player on the team, Florian Kamberi.
Plymouth substitute Ryan Law was the hero for his side over the weekend as Jordan Houghton set him up for the game-winning goal versus Championship side Birmingham.
The last time Ryan Hardie found the back of the net was in their FA Cup victory over the Owls last November, but the Scottish international still leads them in goals this season with nine, tied for seventh in the league with Marcus Harness from Portsmouth.
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Michael Cooper has not conceded a goal since a 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on December 11 as their back five of Conor Grant, Macaulay Gillesphey, Dan Scarr, James Bolton and Joe Edwards did not allow a single shot on target in their weekend cup tie.
Sheffield Wednesday possible starting lineup:
Peacock-Farrell; Johnson, Dunkley, Palmer; Wing; Dele-Bashiru, Bannan, Byers, Paterson; Kamberi, Gregory
Plymouth Argyle possible starting lineup:
Cooper; Gillesphey, Scarr, Wilson; Grant, Broom, Houghton, Camara; Ennis, Hardie, Garrick