David Prutton outlines major Sheffield Wednesday problem ahead of Barnsley clash - 'Needs to find a solution'

David Prutton has predicted that Tony Pulis’ difficult start to life as Sheffield Wednesday manager will continue against Barnsley this weekend.

Tony Pulis. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Tony Pulis. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

The Owls boss has failed to win any of his opening five matches for his new club, drawing three and losing his last two, including a 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town in midweek.

Wednesday are rooted to the foot of the Championship, two points behind Wycombe Wanderers in 23rd, and four points from safety.

By contrast, Barnsley have enjoyed a good spell of form under new boss Valerien Ismael.

The Frenchman has given the Tykes a welcome boost, and has taken six wins from his opening 10 games at Oakwell.

That run has allowed his side to climb up to 16th in the table, and Prutton believes that they can add to their points tally at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “It is hard to see where the goals are going to come from for Sheffield Wednesday.

“Tony Pulis might try to address that in January, but there are a lot of games between now and then and he needs to find a solution.

“Barnsley have won six in 10 under Valerien Ismael.

"Their recent record against Wednesday is not good, but the balance may be tipped a little in their favour for this one. Away win!”

Prutton predicts a 1-0 win for Barnsley.

As mentioned by the pundit, Wednesday have generally enjoyed decent success against Barnsley in recent times.

The Owls haven’t been beaten by the Tykes since February 2009 – a run of 12 matches.