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Sheffield Wednesday have entered the second international break of the season sitting in a pretty decent spot.
The victory over Wigan Athletic on Saturday saw the Owls move into eighth place, just one point from being in playoff contention.
It also means Garry Monk has picked up ten points from a possible 15 to begin his reign in south Yorkshire.
But this is an all too familiar feeling for some at Hillsborough – rewind back just a year; almost a year to the day.
Wednesday had beaten Bristol City 2-1 away from home, moving them to sixth in the league before some of the squad embarked for international duty.
This run of dire form ultimately cost Jos Luhukay his job by Christmas, and it is something that Monk needs to be fully aware of when the Championship resumes in just over a week.
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Lightning may not strike twice up in south Yorkshire, but considering Wednesday have only played three of the current top-12 this campaign, there are some tough fixtures lying in wait.
By December, Monk’s side will have faced league leaders West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Swansea City, so there are indeed games ahead that could leave those at Hillsborough feeling a sense of deja vu come the festive period.
The 40-year-old can look back on last season and use it as a warning to his side – there’s still a long way to go yet, and nothing has even been achieved to suggest that it isn’t out of the realms of possibility.
Wednesday eventually crumbled to finish 12th last season – if Monk can guide his side to results against some of those teams following the international break, then the rest of the Championship may well be put on high-alert.