Pulis has to shuffle pack for Norwich challenge

Tony Pulis takes his Wednesday squad to face promotion-chasing Norwich at Carrow Road tomorrow knowing he will have to shuffle his pack.

Midfielders Massimo Luongo and Liam Shaw are both suspended after the midweek draw with Reading so Pulis is forced to make changes and he also has to make a decision on whether Barry Bannan is fit to take his place in midfield after taking a heavy knock on the ankle against the Royals.

Keiren Westwood is still ruled out with his groin problem but Pulis will be pleased to have Josh Windass back in the squad after his three-match ban.

In addition, Dominic Iorfa came on as a sub at half-time against Reading after his injury lay-off and he will no doubt be in Pulis’ mind in terms of a possible starting place against the Canaries.

We go into the Norwich game a point ahead of bottom club Derby and one behind Wycombe in 22nd place.

Pulis is still looking for his first win as Wednesday boss but has chalked up three draws in his first four games and said: “We are going into every game looking to win. We have to be positive.

“If we are collectively together the team can beat a team of individuals. Their response over the four games has been excellent.

“There are games where if we had had a little bit of good fortune we could have got more.

“We have to keep grinding until we get to that stage where we’re comfortable and we’re potent enough at the top end of the pitch to cause clubs lots and lots of problems.”

That will undoubtedly require some transfer dealings in the January window, particularly in terms of forward positions, and Pulis said: “I have started now laying foundations. I think you have to be in front of the game.

“I think the squad will want to see one or two come in. There is no doubt about it that they are a really, really good group of players but they want to see the group enhanced with a little bit more quality.

“The chairman is thousands of miles away but the inclination from the chairman is to have a good look and then sit down and talk about it and then we will go from there. He has been very supportive.”


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