Alan Biggs at Large: Derby duel with Rotherham United could come at a perfect time for Stuart Gray’s out-of-sorts Sheffield Wednesday

Owls manager Stuart Gray
Owls manager Stuart Gray

Sometimes a derby is the worst sort of game for a side and Sheffield United (going back to back with a league game at Doncaster next week after a home defeat to Barnsley) are certainly wary of the pitfalls of being faced with a surfeit of them.

But I think a local shindig could be exactly what Sheffield Wednesday need. Cue Rotherham United at Hillsborough on Saturday. Surprise Championship leaders Bournemouth don’t exactly send the pulses racing, no matter how accomplished.

However, by the nature of the rivalry and the personality of their manager, the Millers certainly will.

Even allowing for a recent dip, Steve Evans has a club punching above its relative weight and don’t forget he was targeted for the Owls job after the sacking of Dave Jones.

Witness, too, Rotherham’s recent win over Leeds.

Of course, Evans will play the underdog tag for all it’s worth.

I reckon he’ll feel a derby is perfectly timed for him, too, after panning his players for a “lack of spirit and fight” in their midweek slump at Reading, a very rare accusation indeed.

Wednesday know what’s coming.

Maybe that’s for the best for them, too, as Gray demands a bolder approach from his players on home soil.