Sheffield Wednesday: Forget Wembley misery and aim for promotion again, says Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan

The new Championship season can’t come soon enough for Owls midfielder Barry Bannan.

The Scotland international is keen to draw a line under their Championship Play-Off final loss to Hull City in May, which denied them a place in the Premier League.

Bannan, named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year, said: “We’ve got to look past it (the final) now. It’s gone and there’s a big season coming up for us to look forward to.

“You obviously think about it for a little while but then you’ve got to clear it because you are coming back for a fresh season and start again.”

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Twenty one of Bannan’s friends and family travelled south to cheer him and the team on in the showpiece fixture. The 26-year-old admits he was left“hurting” and “extremely disappointed” after the Tigers edged the all-Yorkshire affair.

“We never really turned up,” he conceded. “We worked hard and tried hard, but we never got going. Nerves didn’t play any part. We just didn’t deliver. In games like this you need to bring your A game to Wembley and we never did that.”

After missing out at the final hurdle, Bannan is confident the team have learned from that experience and are capable of going one better this time around.

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Bannan, who is expected to be involved in Wednesday’s opening friendly against Alfreton Town tomorrow, said: “We have got to build on that season and try to get off to a better start.

“With the players we have got, we should be challenging at the top end of the league. Our aim this season will be to get promoted.”

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