Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City - Darren Moore pleased with blossoming striker partnership

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore is hoping Josh Windass and Jordan Rhodes can keep his side’s slim chances of staying in the Championship alive at home to Swansea City this evening.

Finding the net: Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes, left, and Josh Windass. Picture: Steve Ellis

The pair had only started four matches together before Moore’s appointment last month, but have scored eight goals in the last nine matches and shown an excellent understanding.

Moore, who returned to the club’s Middlewood Road training ground after 10 days isolating with Covid-19 feels they may have benefited from a fresh pair of eyes.

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“Players have got their preferred positions and understandings but you’re always lifting your head and looking at different combinations,” said Moore, Wednesday’s third permanent manager since Windass joined on loan last January. “They’re two different types of players and I just thought with the attributes they’ve got they would compliment each other.

Different view: Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore.Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

“It’s worked and long may that continue.”

Windass scored again at Loftus Road on Saturday, but Moore’s assistant Jamie Smith felt poor finishing let them down in a 4-1 defeat which undid much if not all the good work of their 5-0 Easter Monday win over Cardiff City.

“We had lots of ball in their final third but we couldn’t get that final touch to finish it off,” he said.

“It is frustrating but it was good that we got into those positions.

“We are creating chances, which is a good thing, and we have got players on a different day who might have put three or four away.”

Smith was also critical of the goals conceded, and with a fit-again Keiren Westwood on the bench for the last two games, Moore must decide if goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith should pay the price.

The Owls are seven points from safety with six games to play, and in reality neighbouring Rotherham United’s three games in hand means there could be even more work to do.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 6pm.

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Referee: M Donohue (Greater Manchester)

Last time: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Swansea City 2, November 9, 2019, Championship.

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