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Media view: Local insight on Sheff Wed

15 September 2015

The Star’s Sheffield Wednesday writer previews Tuesday night's game at Macron Stadium

Having won their first game of the season last time out, Bolton Wanderers host Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night in their second home game in the space of four days.

And ahead of the fixture The Star’s Sheff Wed writer Dom Howson offers his thoughts to bwfc.co.uk on Bolton's latest opponents.

bwfc.co.uk: What would you say Sheffield Wednesday's aims for the new campaign? What would constitute as success this season?

DH: Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri has set a target of promotion to the Premier League within the next two seasons. Having bankrolled a big summer recruitment drive, the Thai businessman expects to see signs of progress. Now it is Carlos Carvalhal's job to mould the team together and get them all singing from the same hymn sheet.

bwfc.co.uk: Carlos Carvalhal arrived at Hillsborough this summer with an impressive back catalogue in management. How has he settled into English football so far?

DH: Carvalhal is a polite, media friendly boss. He speaks good English, is social media savvy and is fulfilling a childhood dream in managing a club in this country. Given Wednesday's ambition to push on to the next level, the Portuguese chief could have done with a fast start to silence his critics. But following a summer of change at Hillsborough, Carvalhal must be given time to implement his ideas and gel the Owls' new-look team together.

bwfc.co.uk: Who do you see as their key players this year?

DH: Marco Matias has made an instant impact since arriving from Nacional, scoring a goal of the season contender against Leeds United and then finding the back of the net versus Middlesbrough before the international break. His speed and neat footwork will be a big asset in Wednesday's quest to improve on their 13th-place finish.

bwfc.co.uk: Former Owls striker Gary Madine now plies his trade with Wanderers – what kind of a reception will he get from the Wednesday fans tonight?

DH: He may get a mixed reception, although he wasn't given a chance to prove himself under Gray. Madine was a key performer in the Owls' 2012 promotion-winning team but, for one reason or another, couldn't build on that breakthrough season.

bwfc.co.uk: How do you see today’s encounter going?

DH: As long as Wednesday keep things tight defensively, which has so far been their Achilles' heel, Carvalhal's men should prevail, but it will be a tight affair.

Dom Howson is on Twitter, @domhowson.

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