Darren Moore warned his players in Sheffield Wednesday that they would face a painful, physical match against Gillingham today.
The injury-ridden Gills are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table after only three league wins this season. Steve Evans’ men are in 19th place, one point above the relegation zone.
But Moore, whose team have played nine games without loss in all competitions, said: “You (Gillingham) are making it very, very difficult for their opponents.
“You have a manager who knows his way around this league. He’s a manager who plays really good and effective football.
“I have a lot of respect for Steve and what he has done in the game. His attitude and desire for the game are visible to everyone.
“It’s two teams and two different styles of play. We need to get up and be counted and try to translate our style into the game. We have to try to pursue them.
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“It’s going to be a really good game again, played in a wonderful atmosphere down in Hillsborough. We look forward to playing in front of our home fans again. “
Wednesday is defensive to the bone, with Dominic Iorfa and Lewis Gibson sidelined until 2022 due to injury, while Sam Hutchinson may not be back on the team until December.
But Josh Windass has returned to full training and is about to return to the first team. The 27-year-old attacker has not played in a friendly against West Bromwich Albion since his serious injury.
Moore said, “It’s great to have Josh back. It’s in really good shape. We will now give him some volume in training and increase his work in training.
“We’re trying to bring it back to a level. Once he’s available to put on a first team jersey, that will be up to Josh and how we think he’ll make progress in training.
“The nice thing is that he’s on the grass with the players. It is a wonderful sight. It’s a great testimonial for him and the medical team in terms of the work they have done with him to get him back out. We will see him again when he can put on the shirt.
“He looks in great shape and we will be judging him in the days and weeks to come.”
Full Owls squad against Gillingham
goalkeeper – Joe Wildsmith, Josh Render.
defender – Jack Hunt, Liam Palmer, Chey Dunkley, Ciaran Brennan, Marvin Johnson.
midfield player – Barry Bannan, Dennis Adeniran, Lewis Wing, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Jaden Brown, Massimo Luongo, George Byers.
Forward – Olamide Shodipo, Florian Kamberi, Callum Paterson, Theo Corbeanu, Lee Gregory, Sylla Sow, Saido Berahino.