Kieran McKenna does not underrate Sheffield Wednesday, according to Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna says he doesn’t read too much into the fact tomorrow’s hosts, Sheffield Wednesday, have made a winless start to the season.

The Owls joined the Blues in being promoted from League One last season, winning the Play-Offs in dramatic fashion having been unfortunate to finish third on 96 points.

Manager Darren Moore then suprisingly left the South Yorkshire club by ‘mutual consent’ – a public war of words with chairman Dejphon Chansiri still rumbling on – and new boss Xisco Muñoz has overseen four defeats and one draw in the Championship so far.

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Asked if he was surprised by that, McKenna replied: “Not really because I think the league’s just so tight. I don’t think you can read too much into it at this point.

“We’ve had five games, we’ve won four, another time we could have won five, but maybe we could have won only two or three if things hadn’t gone our way.

“They haven’t won games yet, but Middlesbrough haven’t won games yet and they’re one of the best teams in the league and their xG’s really high.

“Sheffield Wednesday are a strong team with a new manager integrating new ideas. In their last game they went to Elland Road to face a confident Leeds, who had just beaten us, and performed really well and got a (0-0) draw.”

Town lost 1-0 at Hillsborough in the early stages of McKenna’s management, then the two teams played out 2-2 draws in both of last season’s matches – Ipswich losing a two-goal lead away, then recovering from a two-goal deficit at home.

“We’ve played three times in the last 18 months and we haven’t managed to beat them yet, so that leaves us really clear about the scale of the challenge,” said the Blues boss.

“We know how powerful they can be, we know the strengths of their individual players, we know the impact that the crowd can have on things there, but we also know that we can go there and play good football and take control of it because we did that for a large part last year.”

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 23/24 FORM

L 2-1 Southampton (h)

D 1-1 Stockport (h) won on pens Carabao Cup

L 4-2 Hull City (a)

L 1-0 Preston (h)

L 2-1 Cardiff (a)

D 1-1 Mansfield (h) lost on pens Carabao Cup

D 0-0 Leeds (a)

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