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Reesh1867

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#1 12/08/2019 at 12:47

Just subscribed to their free trial.

The American started sports news thing has began its attempts to corner the UK footy market, they've hired 44 journos from across the top papers, and The Star.

Nancy Frostick is ours, she's done a fairly decent piece on Harris and Murphy today. 

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Paul from Wisewood

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#2 12/08/2019 at 12:56

'American based and hired journos from the star', its a definite no from meBigsmile

Well done the Owls... 

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Reesh1867

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#3 12/08/2019 at 12:58

'American based and hired journos from the star', its a definite no from meBigsmile
Paul from Wisewood, 12/08/2019 at 12:56


To be fair her piece today is superb. 

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#4 12/08/2019 at 13:00

Sheffield Wednesday has long been a club that loves its wingers, from Mark Hooper to Albert Quixall to Chris Waddle.

And while the class of 2019 has some way to go to match those players, the arrival of the new home season on Saturday brought welcome signs of both width and pace in their attacking ranks.

With just two minutes on the clock, a Jacob Murphy side-footed finish marked the arrival of a more expansive style at Wednesday – and was the first flourish of the 24-year-old’s Owls career.

Last season fans were desperate for more oomph in the Owls attack and were offered a taster courtesy of Newcastle United loan pair Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar in the second part of the campaign.

A new season, however, has brought a three-course feast of pacy wide men following the summer signings of Murphy, Kadeem Harris and full back Moses Odubajo.

Murphy, a deadline-day signing on a season-long loan from the Magpies, impressed on his first outing in blue and white in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over south Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

His interaction with Harris and right-sided defender Odubajo made interesting viewing as the Owls notched back-to-back wins in the opening two games of the season for the first time since 1996.

The wingers’ willingness to switch flanks offered versatility and left Barnsley’s defence in a dizzying tailspin. It was while former West Brom loanee Murphy was on the left that he latched on to Harris’ blocked shot and slotted home under Tykes keeper Samuel Radlinger.

Harris’ contributions so far are easily identifiable when comparing the average positions of the team with their last home win of the 2018-19 season, against Bristol City in April.

The first diagram shows the limited left-flank offering from George Boyd (21) in the 2-0 win over the Robins in comparison to Harris’ (7) width and advanced position in the second graphic against Barnsley.


Average positions v Bristol City (left) and Barnsley
Harris, signed on a free transfer from Cardiff City, has adapted well to life at the Owls after registering his first competitive goal for the club in the 3-1 win over Reading on the opening day.

It’s not just the 26-year-old’s positioning that has made a mark so far. In just two matches this season he has made six successful dribbles, compared to just five in all league appearances last campaign by George Boyd and 14 in total for Rolando Aarons during his nine-game loan spell. Murphy has had a comparable completion rate, with three dribbles in his one start, and offers similar qualities to Harris on the opposite side.

Murphy’s dribbling ability was evident as he skipped past three outstretched legs before the ball squirmed out to Kieran Lee, who released Steven Fletcher for Wednesday’s second of the afternoon.

The Owls also had success with commitment to a high-intensity press which forced mistakes from visiting Barnsley defenders and was aided by Harris and Murphy’s willingness to advance beyond Steven Fletcher and the forward line, as shown by Murphy’s touch map below.



Fellow new boy Odubajo’s supporting role on the right side of defence behind Murphy allowed the midfielder more freedom to roam, and the defender said he enjoyed the Owls’ style of play during the match.

“I’m a big believer in winning the ball back higher up the pitch,” said Odubajo, who has spent considerable spells of his career operating as a winger. “If you win the ball closer to their goal, it gives you less to run on such a massive pitch – and I feel like by doing that, we’re only going to get better as a team. We’re only two games in and there’s 40-odd to go, so we’re only going to get better, and hopefully we can scare teams off.”

With Barry Bannan sidelined due to a calf injury, the ever-adaptable Adam Reach moved into a central position and freed up a starting place for Murphy on the right.

Often relied upon last season as one of few squad members naturally inclined to work on the wing, Reach spoke after the match about the increased competition in wide positions now available to caretaker boss Lee Bullen.

“The new lads have settled in very well and I think with Jacob now on one side and Kadeem, we have got real pace on both sides,” Reach told The Athletic.

“Barry unfortunately picked up an injury on Friday which meant that I had to go in the middle, but that’s why you bring players in. We’ve got squad depth and I think there’s healthy competition now, which is something we maybe haven’t had in certain positions.

“I prefer playing out wide and what I offer is slightly different to what Jacob and Kadeem will, but I am more than happy to play anywhere as long as I’m playing. I thought we did well to make Bully’s selection problems hard for next week.

“This transfer window has been one of the best since I joined. With every signing you can identify what he is going to bring to the team and to the squad.”

Bullen’s decision to maintain some core ideas introduced by Steve Bruce – pressing high and introducing fast wide players – have worked to great effect so far.

After the match, the caretaker manager made his appreciation for his wide-men known as he noted how both Murphy and Harris worked as ‘traditional’ wingers who stayed wide and ran at players, rather than drifting inside and allowing full-backs to overlap.

It remains to be seen whether this system will work against tougher opposition, or whether those operating on the wings will be frustrated and isolated, as Reach was on occasion last season.

Both Reach and Murphy operate in similar spaces and have the ability to run at players and dribble past them. While Harris’ starting place looks to be locked down, Bullen could have a tough decision on whether to use Reach or Murphy on the right for the impending trip to The Den should Bannan return from injury to reclaim his place in the middle of the park.

(Photo: Zac Goodwin/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
 

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#5 12/08/2019 at 13:26

I have subscribed. I am quite impressed to be honest. 

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Reesh1867

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#6 12/08/2019 at 13:29

I have subscribed. I am quite impressed to be honest.
KingMong, 12/08/2019 at 13:26


Works out at 60p a week..... Surely better than the shite the Star serve up. 

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#7 12/08/2019 at 13:32

Thanks, Reesh. How do you access the trial? 

We must not give opposition teams hope. We have to kill them. 

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KingMong

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#8 12/08/2019 at 13:34



Works out at 60p a week..... Surely better than the shite the Star serve up.
Reesh1867, 12/08/2019 at 13:29


Even less than that for me. Blink

My only concern is around what the platform looks like in a year. I have an ESPN Insider account which has got worse over the last twelve months, so I have switched.. 

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Paul from Wisewood

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#9 12/08/2019 at 13:35

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cheers 

Post edited on 12/08/2019 at 13:35 by Paul from Wisewood

Well done the Owls... 

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Reesh1867

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#10 12/08/2019 at 13:46

Thanks, Reesh. How do you access the trial?
Owling_Wolf, 12/08/2019 at 13:32


I downloaded the app from the store Fred.  

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Owling_Wolf

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#11 12/08/2019 at 13:53



I downloaded the app from the store Fred.
Reesh1867, 12/08/2019 at 13:46

Which store, please? 

We must not give opposition teams hope. We have to kill them. 

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Reesh1867

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#12 12/08/2019 at 14:04

Google Play if on Android
App Store if on Apple  

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#13 12/08/2019 at 17:38

He’s only got a 3310. 

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Reesh1867

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#14 12/08/2019 at 17:40

He’s only got a 3310.
Sam, 12/08/2019 at 17:38



That's his d.o.b pal 

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Owling_Wolf

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#15 12/08/2019 at 18:01

He’s only got a 3310.
Sam, 12/08/2019 at 17:38

Galaxy S9. What's a 3310? 

We must not give opposition teams hope. We have to kill them. 

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