Chris Powell would love to see Stuart Gray get Sheffield Wednesday back on track – but not until after Saturday’s huge live televised John Smith’s Stadium showdown.
The Owls will arrive for the lunchtime clash against Town without a win in nine Championship games and 10 in all competitions.
Town are 16th, but will climb above their 13th-placed Yorkshire rivals by chalking up a first win in three following the reversals at Derby County and Fulham before the international break.
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“It’s a game we’re all looking forward to,” said Town boss Powell.
“We have a great derby on our hands, there will be a good crowd inside the stadium and the TV cameras will be here as well.
“We want to put on a show to impress our own fans and those who will be watching the match from afar, but so will Sheffield Wednesday.
“I have known Stuart Gray for a while, and he is a good man.
“I’m glad he’s got an opportunity to manage at Hillsborough, and I would like him to do well, but of course not at our expense.”
Town have lost their last two games, both away, after a previous seven-match unbeaten run, and Powell wants his side to maintain their strong home form.
“We’ve won three of our last four and drawn the other (at the John Smith’s Stadium) and we need to continue that run,” he added.
Powell could hand a debut to on-loan West Ham United midfielder Diego Poyet, who was on the bench for the club’s last outing at Craven Cottage, where over 2,700 Town fans gave their backing.
On-loan QPR left-back Jack Robinson is back in contention, too, after spending the international break with the England Under 21 side.
Meanwhile Wednesday have on-loan Reading wideman Royston Drenthe back after suspension.