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Down to the wire

11 October 2016


Before the Owls return to action this weekend, Barry Bannan is aiming to play a further part in Scotland’s bid for World Cup 2018 qualification.

With a win over a Malta and an ultimately disappointing draw with Lithuania, the Wednesday midfielder is focusing on the positives ahead of tonight’s clash with Slovakia.

Still early days in the group stages, the Scots have posted four points from two games and Bannan believes the group will go down to the wire.

The Owls ace said: “The important thing is to try and take the positives that we can.

“We managed to secure a point from the Lithuania match when it looked like we might get nothing and the results in the other matches have worked in our favour.

“At this point, we are second in the group and going into a massive match on Tuesday. The group is going to be full of ups and downs, it will go right to the wire.”



Bannan has played the full 90 minutes in both of Scotland’s group fixtures, while Owls team mate Steven Fletcher came off the bench against Malta and scored in the 5-1 win.

He added: “We know that, with what we have in our dressing room, we have enough to go to Slovakia and get a win for ourselves.

“We haven’t lost a game yet, we have played two games and have four points.

“Going to Slovakia is a big game and it is important that we go there and get a positive result.”

Following Scotland’s trip to Slovakia, next up will be the highly-anticipated meeting with England at Wembley on Friday 11 November.


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