Date:Thursday August 10 2006
Wednesday will be looking to record their first three points of the season this weekend against Burnley - who have won both of their opening matches. We talk to Burnley fan Jon Collins about his side's chances...
1. What are your expectations for the new season?
Before the start of the season I'd have said we could be pushing for the play-offs. We've made some good strong signings in key areas of the pitch and hopefully when they've all gelled together they should make us a top six side. We've played really well in our first two games and picked up two wins, so who knows we could go further than that but there are a lot of quality sides in the Championship this season. I'd say we should be aiming for the top six.
2. How has your pre-season gone?
I'm not one to take pre-seasons too seriously whether we do well or not. Its all about getting fitness levels up, getting new players to gel and giving the fans to check the new boys before the seaosn starts. We did OK, and picked up a good 2-1 against a relatively strong Bolton side.
3. Who have you added to the squad for the new season?
The best signing for us this summer has been Alan Mahon in my opinion. Great playmaker in the centre of the park for us, did wonders last season and will now be acentral part of the team for the new season. Andy Gray has also showed he possesses exactly what we need in this division, strength pace and quality finishing. Cotterill is doing the right thing in bringing in a few players each season in my opinion, rather than just bringing loads in and out.
4. What do you think of Steve Cotterill?
He's a quality manager and the man I believe will get us where we want to be at the end of the season, near the top! He's steadily building a good squad with limited resources and is a great man manager. He's in his last year of his contract this season though so we better tie up a new deal for him!
5. What has your start to the season been like?
In a word, perfect! Six points from the first two games it can't really get better than that. Although everyone wants to get off to a good start we're not getting carried away. We had a brilliant first half to the year last season and a not so good second half so we have to improve on that this year. We've shown we can grind out results which is oh so important in this division as Im sure you've learnt as well as I have over the years!
6. Who should we look out for?
No doubt you'll all be looking out for and booing Andy Gray! Alan Mahon is the key man who will be supplying Gray though. He's a great passer of the ball and creating something from nothing. He hit the bar from 40 yards out against Leicester on Saturday!
7. What's your most memorable Owls v Burnley match?
We don't seem to have a great record against you and unfortunately for me the 7-2 drubbing at Turf Moor will always stick in the memory! Luckily it was the final day of the season and I wasnt bothered, I almost found it quite amusing. Very entertaining game anyhow!
8. What do you think of Wednesday's chances this season?
Mid table at best. You always seem to have trouble scoring and with your financial status as bad as it is it looks like it'll stay that way. You've got rid of Diallo though so you must be doing something right! Sturrocks a good manager so I dont think you'll be in another relegation scrap but I doubt it will be pretty!
9. What do you think the score will be?
It will be tough at your place but Im an optimist so I'll go for a 1-0 scrappy away victory for us again! Good luck anyway!
Cheers Jon! Good luck for the game and for the rest of the season...
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