Michael Duff eyes all-round performance against Sheffield Wednesday

23rd September 2023
First team
Michael Duff

Head coach Michael Duff wants Swansea City to produce an all-round performance when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at the Swansea.com Stadium this afternoon (3pm).

The two sides head into the Championship encounter looking to secure their first league win of the season, with both having been pegged back when leading in midweek against Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough respectively.

Duff felt there was plenty to take from how Swansea started the Loftus Road contest with the ball, and from the defensive appetite and application his players showed without it, despite the disappointment of seeing Lyndon Dykes head in a stoppage-time equaliser.

Now the Swans boss wants to see a display where his team marry up the positive signs they have shown in the different aspects of the game as they return to home soil.

“We have had good moments and good spells in games, now we have to start to put those different elements together into one performance,” he said.

“A bit like us, Sheffield Wednesday are a team that has changed quite a bit, the manager has changed. They will be in the same situation as us, they have brought some good players in like Ashley Fletcher, who is leading the line.

“In the core of the team they have Barry Bannan, who has been the heartbeat of that football club for a number of years. He has a dangerous left foot, and we will need to keep an eye on him.

“The core of the team has been there a long time, they are another side who have had change but they have proven Championship players throughout the squad. Even in League One last year they have a squad with players proven at Championship level.

“So, it is about is delivering a performance, where we are good with the ball, without the ball, and in the transitional phase.

“We don’t want to have half-hour of one, half-hour or another, it’s about sticking it all together and that is what we are looking to do.”