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Steve Bruce “very pleased” as Sheffield Wednesday keep playoff hopes alive

Bannan scored one and made the other. Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce hailed his side’s performance in their 2-0 win against Bristol City and praised Barry Bannan’s match-winning performance. Bannan opened the scoring in the 17th minute with stunning strike into the top corner from 25 yards that left Max O’Leary with no chance. The Owls doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Bannan clipped a delightful ball behind the City defence to Lucas Joao, who calmly lifted the ball over O’Leary and into the back of the net. The Robins fought hard in the second half but could not pull a goal back. Famara Diedhiou and Josh Brownhill came close, but both saw their efforts stopped by Cameron Dawson. Bruce said: “I couldn’t wish for anything more from them. Th...

Daniel Farke and Steve Bruce both unhappy with referee during draw

Norwich manager Daniel Farke could not contain his fury with referee Geoff Eltringham after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road. Substitute Mario Vrancic curled in a free-kick in the seventh minute of stoppage time to earn Norwich a draw which took them five points ahead of Leeds and Sheffield United in the race for promotion to the Premier League, with just three matches left to play. Norwich will clinch promotion on Easter Monday if they win at Stoke and either of their rivals fail to pick up maximum points, but that cut little ice with the German – who believes key decisions have gone against his side in all of their three previous games, which all ended in draws. “I am on fire!” Farke said. “If it keeps on going like this it will be very diffic...

Marcelo Bielsa: “The job is not done”

Marcelo Bielsa is refusing to get carried away after Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to move a step nearer to promotion. Jack Harrison hit a second-half winner to open up a three point cushion on Sheffield United in the race for Premier League. Harrison broke the deadlock in the 65th minute after Wednesday had frustrated the Whites. Leeds had been denied by two wonder saves from Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood during a dominant first half. But it could have been more comfortable as United wasted a number of good chances, with Patrick Bamford in particular having an off-day. Wednesday, who offered little in the way of danger, could have rescued an unlikely point with a minute to go when Marco Matias hit the side netting. Bielsa said: “A three point lead is not a big difference eve...

Steve Bruce “delighted” with Sheffield Wednesday response to first defeat

Steve Bruce hailed Sheffield Wednesday‘s character after they responded to the first defeat of his time in charge with a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. Two stoppage-time goals saw the Owls slip to a 3-1 home defeat against Aston Villa on Saturday following a two-month unbeaten run, but a Marco Matias brace and George Boyd’s fine strike kept their Sky Bet Championship play-off aspirations intact. Injury forced Bruce to make four changes and he felt his side responded well given the absence of key midfield pair Sam Hutchinson and Barry Bannan. “Considering the problems we had – losing a couple of midfield players and enforced to make four changes – I’m delighted,” he said. “I’m delighted for the lads that came in; they’ve w...

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith pleased after “tough game”

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith saluted his side’s character after two stoppage-time goals earned a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Gary Hooper gave the Owls a seventh-minute lead which was cancelled out by a smart John McGinn finish in the 22nd minute. Wednesday’s Steven Fletcher then saw a penalty saved by Jed Steer in the 57th minute before Villa made him pay by scoring late on through Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham to secure the points. Smith said: “I thought it was a game of two halves, I thought we were the better team in the first half, they scored on the counter-attack, but I thought we thoroughly deserved the equaliser. “I wanted more of the same in the second half but credit to Sheffield Wednesday, they put us on the back foot. They got ball...

Bruce backs Sheffield Wednesday to be play-off contenders

Steve Bruce thinks Sheffield Wednesday are play-off contenders after goals from Steven Fletcher and Rolando Aarons earned the Owls a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win at relegation threatened Bolton. Fletcher broke the deadlock just before the break while Aarons’ first Wednesday goal on the hour ensured a ninth game unbeaten since Bruce moved into the Hillsborough hot-seat. “I have only been in six weeks but it’s been a good six weeks,” said Bruce beaten on his three previous trips to the University of Bolton Stadium. “We are going to have to have an even better six weeks. But we have given ourselves a chance. “We are in good form and we can have a say at the top end. We have got to go to Leeds and Norwich and the way we are playing we are a match for anyone ...

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce refusing to give up on play-offs

Steve Bruce turned to the past to provide hope for the future after his Sheffield Wednesday side came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Derby. Bruce knows his team need a repeat of what he achieved at Birmingham in 2002 when they came from a long way back to gatecrash the play-offs and beat Norwich in the final. Wednesday had to settle for a second draw in a week after Derby got the start they wanted when Bradley Johnson headed in from eight yards after a corner flicked off Adam Reach in the 10th minute. The Owls had a great chance to equalise in the 25th minute but Steven Fletcher’s shot was pushed away by Scott Carson and the striker had to be helped from the pitch with a knee and ankle injury early in the second half. But Wednesday were level in the 57th minute when Dominic Iorfa headed...

Paul Scholes the latest protege of Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has taken his first job in club management after being appointed boss of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham. He joins a lengthy list of former United players who have worked under Sir Alex Ferguson and subsequently gone into management, which includes the likes of Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Gordon Strachan, Jaap Stam, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson and Teddy Sheringham. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five more ex-Red Devils who starred under Ferguson before moving into the dugout themselves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer has been a big hit as Manchester United interim manager (John Walton/PA) The Norwegian has had a roller-coaster time in management since stepping into coaching at United, first in charge of the strikers and then the reserve t...

Steve Bruce tips Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United job

Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce tips Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be appointed Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Old Trafford. Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce has said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “must have put himself in poll position” to be appointed Jose Mourinho‘s permanent successor at Old Trafford. Solskjaer has won nine of his 10 matches in charge of United and there have been calls for the Norwegian to be appointed the club’s permanent boss, having overseen a huge change since replacing Mourinho in December. United looked to be out of contention for a top-four spot in the Premier League when they lost at Liverpool on December 16, but the 20-time English champions are now just two points off the Champions League positions. Bruce ...

Paul Ince: ‘I could have done as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince is unconvinced by the adulation aimed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting that he could have had a similar impact in the dugout. Paul Ince has played down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s unbeaten start at Manchester United by insisting that he could have done just as well in the caretaker role. Sunday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium makes it nine wins and a draw for Solskjaer since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December. United look rejuvenated under their interim boss and there have been calls for the iconic striker to land the job on a permanent basis. However, former United midfielder Ince is unconvinced and believes that he – or others of a similar stature – could have made an identical impact. “I...

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