With a topsy turvy summer for Sheffield Wednesday fans, earlier today – despite Steve Bruce’s swift departure the other week – we kicked off the 2019/20 Championship campaign and caretaker gaffer Lee Bullen has done himself no harm at all of taking the job on a permanent basis, as he led us to a 3-1 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Summer signing Kadeem Harris got us underway on the half hour mark and although the hosts levelled nine minutes after the restart, Sam Hutchinson restored our advantage two minutes later and even though we had to juggle Keiren Westwood’s straight red card for bringing down Mo Barrow when he was clean through, Lucas Joao’s 97th minute long ranger tied the three points up to give us our first win of the year.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, Bullen told awaiting journalists that not only would we be looking to appeal Westwood’s red card, his future in the job ultimately came down to the chairman. The BBC focused mostly in on his words about our striker situation given all the speculation about Lucas Joao in particular.
“Good players always attract interest. It’s down to the chairman to make any sort of decision on that and ultimately it comes down to what offers are on the table. We had four strikers on the bench today to change it. Sam Winnall didn’t even make the squad. That can be tough to keep everyone onside. Possibly we might have to let one or two go. It maybe isn’t ideal to have six top strikers but it’s a great problem to have.”