NEW captain Clinton Morrison is warning that the Owls could be sucked into a relegation battle they do not arrest their decline in form.
A haul of only three points from the last eight games has left them in 14th place after the 2-1 defeat at Rochdale.
Morrison told The Star: “It’s a good honour to be captain but obviously a very disappointing result.
“We can’t keep having to score three to win a game. The strikers are scoring but we’re still losing games.
“I know the gaffer is a good manager; I know he’ll be the person to turn this around. All week the training was good. The preparation has been brilliant. But we can’t keep conceding two poor goals like we have been doing.
“The fans were booing us at the end. They pay their hard-earned money. They’re entitled to do that.
“We’re Sheffield Wednesday, we’re not a Mickey Mouse club, we shouldn’t be in this position.”
Morrison believes that the team must do the basics better: “At this moment, we’re not good enough. We’re conceding stupid goals and we’re struggling. I’m really frustrated.
“If we don’t turn this around, then forget about thinking about the play-offs; we had better watch relegation.
“With 18 games to go, I still think we can do it [finish in the top six], but if we don’t grow up as a team and don’t do the nasty stuff as a team, we have to look at the wrong end of the table.”
Manager Gary Megson said he was looking for a loan centre half of the Darren Purse type and tried to sign Jack Hobbs from Leicester, but he was going to Hull.
Reda Johnson was left out on Saturday partly because he did a lot of travelling last week on international duty with Benin and only got back on Friday.
The Owls boss told The Star he wants more fight from the team: “Tranmere [tomorrow] will be right up for it because they’re playing Sheffield Wednesday. If we play right through the game like we did in the last two second halves, then we’ll get a tune out of it.
“But it’s taking us to get really upset before we get the level of performance we want. It’s just not acceptable.
“It’s Sheffield Wednesday. It means a lot to me, Alan Irvine is a friend of mine. He’s lost his job; if that’s what’s been happening [on the pitch], it didn’t do him any favours.
“We have GOT to have a lot more than that, so it shows they’re prepared to put themselves on the line.”